By Hannah Slattery, LPC
We all know that exercising is good for us, but sometimes intentionally getting a work out in is easier said than done. You've got to admit though, sometimes it feels good to get your blood pumping and raise your heart rate. I know all of us have at least danced around our living room when that one song comes on. Something about moving our body just feels good. It releases endorphins that tell our brain “ this is awesome!” There are no requirements on how to move your body, for how long, or what music to move to. When we feel fatigued, overwhelmed, or dysregulated it is when we move our body that we challenge those unpleasant experiences.
When we get our body moving, when we hear our favorite song, it can stimulate different neural pathways that tell us it’s time for healing. One of the most important parts of moving your body, or singing your lungs out, is to not take yourself too seriously, be silly, be loud, be the you that happens when no one is watching. When we allow our inner self to come out, we tell ourselves, you are allowed to take up space, you are allowed to be here.
Dancing and singing your heart out doesn’t just have to be a solo experience, bring your
partner, your kids, your friends. This is for all ages, for all walks of life, for all abilities. When we surround ourselves with people who don’t take us too seriously all the time it feels safe, secure, and just fills us with joy.
Can you think of the last time you felt joy? If it’s been a while, then you are long overdue and I urge you to play that song, move your body and sing your heart out. The little things can truly make a huge impact on your day and those little moments add up to a happier life.
If you or someone you love needs an extra nudge to get back to practicing self-care, call us today to set up a therapy appointment.