Hello, my loves!
As you are reading this it is likely Sunday – which means self-care Sunday!
I have recently been enthralled by a certain type of exercise which has already changed my life. I love to work out, move, and dance but when I am in a depression I will barely be able to go for a walk. I wanted to find an exercise that I could do that would uplift my spirits and allow me to express myself as well as move. This is when I found belly dancing.
Belly dancing is a practice which has been around a long time, and it has not only physical benefits but it can also improve memory, self-esteem, and concentration. Who wouldn’t want to join?
There is a misconception I think that you have to be thin to belly dance but this is not true at all, you don’t have to be anything, you can be female or male, thin or heavy, and of any ethnicity.
The way I simply began was by watching a few videos on YouTube to make sure i understood what I could do if I worked daily on a routine. I then have been watching tutorials by belly dance instructors online. I have not taken an in person class just yet but I am actually rather keen to do so.
The reason I think belly dancing is such a wonderful idea for those who have mental health issues specifically is because it requires you to continually practice to get better and you can see your results every day if you continue to learn and grow with the dance.
You can make this a part of your daily routine and spend some time truly embracing the music, movement, and your body. Just the idea that our bodies can move around the way they do is truly an amazing thing. We can use belly dancing in gratitude and honor our bodies. Perhaps you could light some candles or burn incense or diffuse oils like I do during your dance to make it a true experience each time.
If you are not interested in belly dancing, I do encourage you to find some sort of movement that you find fun and interesting because those are the type of workouts that you will want to do when you are feeling down.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried to belly dance before or if you have any other activities you like to do as an act of self-care!