Skipping Dance Might Kill You
Ok, it probably won't, but it might.
It's that time of year again. When long, endless summer days are replaced by early sunsets, school work, "buttoning down", more to do and less daylight hours to do it. For most of us, stress levels skyrocket, the lack of vitamin D exacerbates our anxiety, and it's all we can do to get through the day one email or work emergency or screaming child at a time before we climb into our beds for Netflix & Halloween candy.
I fully relate to the desire to reward yourself with an early night, a night in, or wine & your couch. I'm here to tell you, we don't need more sleep.
We need more things that help us feel fully alive.
Social isolation is unfortunately something we tend towards in cold New England months, especially when it feels like we have a whole world at our fingertips - on our screens. But tech is not a replacement for human connection, and the risks of loneliness and social isolation are huge: heart disease, depression, and early cognitive decline, among the biggest ones. (and yes, all social activities are good, but movement is particularly awesome - as one study from 2017 outlines, "Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain")
To move toward abundance, more energy, more happiness, more connection, more money, more love, we must start creating the reality we want. Your words, your actions, your thoughts, all have power.
That's why when it seems like there aren't enough hours in the day, never enough money in the bank accounts, its the MOST important thing you could do to step out of your comfort zone and into your community, into social interaction, into laughter, into movement, into music, for yourself.
"A warrior begins to take responsibility for the direction of her life." - Pema Chodron
Guaranteed, showing up for yourself & for soulful human connection in this way will leave you feeling so filled up, daylight hours are more productive, creative energy (impactful, monetary, sexual!) flows, family interactions are breezier, sleeps are deeper, the busiest months of our year also become the most joyous. Trust us : )