“Turn up the music and dance like no one is watching. I guarantee you will feel better.”
Written by a CSUCI Service Learning student.
For the past eight months we have been going through a pandemic and trying to find a new sense of normalcy. Most people feel like the end isn’t in sight and have become restless staying in their homes. Everybody tends to jump straight towards the negatives when it comes to being in tough situations and don’t see the positives. When you’re able to look at the positives, you will be able to see that there are quite a few. For example, having more people at home is bringing families together. Baking and finding joy in life’s simple pleasures are also great ways to make it through this challenging time.
I would personally be classified as a homebody. It has made this weird time easier to swallow. But others who love to be around people have a harder time with it. This situation that we are all going through has tested us mentally and physically, some more than others. Taking care of our mental health doesn’t seem like a priority, but it’s more urgent than you might think. When you take care of yourself you can be the best version of yourself for others when needed.
One piece of advice I can give is the importance of moving your body. Running, yoga, hiking, biking, and swimming are great ways to stay active. Dancing is the best source of exercise in my opinion because it gets you off the couch, moving every part of your body, and listening to the type of music that gets you on your feet. It allows us to tell a story through movement without needing to say anything at all. Anybody can partake in this activity; it doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 70. You don’t have to feel self conscious about the way you look. You can let loose and be yourself without the fear of being judged. Turn up the music and dance like no one is watching. I guarantee you will feel better.