Sometimes life can feel HEAVY. There are days I feel like a balloon that with each stress throughout the day I inflate a little more. Can you relate? I hope you can’t, but if you can…
What if I told you that I found something that will decompress that stress within thirty seconds?
And the great news is it’s free and so fun.
Let me introduce you to a little thing called dancing. Hurray for dancing!!
Such a simple thing, but I am telling you it has the power to deflate stress, soften a hard countenance, mend a rift, lighten the mood, and make you feel great. Children absolutely love it. They were born to wiggle and bop to music, and they love doing it with their parents.
My two-year old is a dancer at heart. Which is not surprising to me at all because before we got pregnant with her, I prayed that we would have a girl, that she would look like me, and have my personality. I wasn’t even thinking about dance when I asked God for her to be like me, but He’s always into the details. I grew up dancing off and on, and to this day, I absolutely love to dance. I tell God that I will be the one dancing before His throne in Heaven. I’ll have boundless energy, and I just may never stop!
My man also likes to dance. He’s a mean swing dancer and can toss me around the kitchen floor like a rag doll. He’s also not afraid to jump around in silly ways to make the kids laugh. So if Dad is home, we are all dancing.
We break out in dance parties almost every day at our house. Usually when we are making meals in the kitchen or doing dishes. I always have music playing in the house, but when we are congregating in the kitchen, it’s natural for someone to say to the Echo, “hey Alexa, play…”. Even our two-year old knows how to boss Alexa around.
The tunes start playing, someone turns it up, and we all start shaking our tail feathers.
It’s an AMAZING stress buster! All the things that were pressing on my mind…gone. Any tensions between me and another child…gone. The to-do list…gone. I’m telling you, it’s like medicine to our souls. Yeah, some of those stresses come back, but at least I got a much needed break from them!
The most magical part is even conflicts between children begin to float away, like we’ve hit the reset button.
“But I don’t like to dance”, you say (gasp!). Well, I would encourage you to break out of your mold a bit. Try something new. It doesn’t matter how you dance, just move to the beat a little. Your kids may raise an eyebrow at you when you first start, but as you get going, they will probably jump in…maybe not some of the teenagers, but that’s okay. At least they are seeing you have fun.
Which leads me to another point…never underestimate the importance of your kids seeing you having fun.
No matter what age they are, they need to see Mom having fun. Bonus would be if they get to see Mom and Dad jumping around laughing together. Those memories leave deep impressions in their minds.
All you have to do is Google stats on how dancing effects health and you will see a long line of benefits including reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, while boosting body image, self-esteem, and overall confidence. Wahoo!
My heart behind this post is to encourage you to lighten the mood in your home. Make your house a fun place to grow up in.
Dancing is a really easy way to make this happen. You’ll not only bust some stress, you’ll burn some calories, and get a really good laugh while doing it too (and don’t even get me started on the benefits of laughter)!
If you are all alone at the house or live alone, well, there is no reason not to dance your heart out. Making dinner and doing dishes is so much more fun with a little hip swaying.
I hope I’ve nudged you enough to begin bringing dance into your daily life. To get you started, here are some of our favorite songs to dance to…
The soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman”. We are listening to this everyday right now. So good!
“Bulletproof” by Citizenway. The lead singer/songwriter, Ben Calhoun and his wife introduced Kevin and I. Our kids would not exist without Ben and Alison!
“Happy Dance” by Mercy Me. Alison, my friend who married Ben is the lead dancer in the video, so another shout out to the Calhouns!
“Love With Your Life” by Hollyn
“Feel It” by Toby Mac. The music video has fun dancing in it too. My 12-year-old son loves all of Toby Mac’s music. He’s great in concert too!
“Backseat Driver” by Toby Mac & Hollyn This has been my two-year olds favorite dance song for a year now!
“I Feel So Alive” by Capital Kings. Honestly, any music by Capital Kings. My 12-year-old son plays their music whenever he’s on dish duty. It helps him move a lot faster, and have fun while he’s working!
“Count Your Rainbows” by 1 Girl Nation. My 10-year-old daughter likes this band. They are a great example of female artists.
“The Cha-Cha Slide” by DJ Casper. I’m sure you’ve danced to this at weddings. All my kids like to follow along to this one. He takes you through different dance instructions that are easy to follow, like “left foot stomp, right foot stomp”.
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Pull up the music video if you want some dance inspiration!
Here’s some oldie but goodies that will be sure to get you moving. Toddlers seems to love oldies music:
“Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley & The Comets
“Great Balls Of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis
“All Shook Up” by Elvis Presley
“The Twist” by Chubby Checker
“Respect” by Aretha Franklin
“Chantilly Lace” by Big Bopper
“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
“Sherry” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Our two-year old tells Alexa to play this multiple times a day. Even though it has a slower beat, she loves to dance to it.
And what about disco, 80’s, or show tunes? There are so many songs to choose from! Whatever gets you moving!
If you don’t own an Amazon Echo, I would highly recommend it. That is all we use for music in the house anymore. I can just say, “Alexa, play me “Bulletproof” by Citizenway”, and it starts playing! I can play radio stations, as well as ask her lots of different questions like “give me the news briefing”, “what’s the weather like outside?” or Kevin can ask “how long is my traffic commute today?”
But for music, it’s our go-to. If you don’t have one, you can buy one here…
So, what are you waiting for? Bring on the stress buster! Your kids will love it, and I guarantee, after 30 seconds of moving to some beats, you will too.