5 reasons why dancing and mental health go together
Updated: May 3
We're going to tell you why you don't have to be an amazing dancer to reap the full benefits of dance on your mental health. And why dancing through #lockdown is one of the best things you can do....
Dancing and mental health go together because:
Dance improves memory
Dance activates the brains reward centres
Dance makes you more intelligent
Dance reduces stress and anxiety
Dance increases your confidence
1. Dance improves your memory
It strengthens neuroplasticity -What does this mean? Dance encourages new neural connections to be made, meaning it keeps your memory functioning at it's best!
Learning dance moves takes focus and activates the brains hippocampus—the part of the brain that’s responsible for emotions and memory. Why is this such a big deal I hear you ask? Keeping the hippocampus engaged is key for preventing cognitive decline and diseases such as dementia, according to studies, by up to a whopping 76% (by comparison, reading reduces those diseases by up to 38%)
Dancing causes the brain to continually rewire its neural pathways, by doing so this helps with neuroplasticity. Guess what, your Neuroplasticity doesn't discriminate against beginners and novices! Dance at any level ,strengthens our mental health, so get involved! Dancing and Mental Health go hand in hand.
2. Dance activates the brains reward centres
You can get those feel-good endorphins jumping with any heart-pumping activity, but dance (we recommend #StreetDance of course), has a whole extra benefit: studies have shown that music and dance is primal, they naturally activate the reward centres in the brain. We all love to feel good right?
We all love to feel a sense of achievement, yes? Are you dancing yet...? Dancing and mental health go together like bread and butter.
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