5 Simple Ways That Dance Can Help Your Child's Mental Health
We all know that feel good music can really put a smile on our faces, but were you aware of all the other benefits of dance to not only our body and minds but our mental health?
As part of Children’s Mental Health Awareness week, we wanted to share a few of these with you:
- Feeling Happy!
Sometimes it’s as simple as taking time out of your day and letting your hair down to pop music that you love.
Getting away from the tv, the computer, the mobile and just simply “being”.
Being active is proven to release endorphins in the body which give you that “feel good factor”.
2. Boosting Confidence
Increasing your coordination, flexibility and body-awareness with dance improves children’s self esteem. And the feeling of accomplishing a dance routine over time gives that added boost too.
3. Building Friendships
Whether it’s online or offline, dance classes help to build children’s social skills and that feeling of community – a place where they belong and are encouraged, valued and celebrated.
4. Time Together
Dancing with parents and spending quality time together really helps that bond – enjoying an activity together can really make a difference to how your child feels about health and fitness as well as themselves.
5. Express Yourself
Dance and movement allow children to escape and let loose which improves their mental and emotional health by reducing stress, decreasing anxiety and depression and boosting self esteem.
There is no right or wrong way to dance and children can get creative, let their imaginations go and really express how they are feeling.