Dancing has always been a form of expression, and for adolescent girls struggling with stress and psychosomatic symptoms, it’s a great method for internalization and processing.

A study on ScienceDaily.com expounds on the concept that dancing has been proven to be a “happy pill” for many who have been going through depression. Aside from releasing feel-good hormones called endorphins, it also helps boost confidence and create discipline.

Together with her colleagues, researcher Ann Duberg, R.P.T. of the Center for Health Care Sciences, Örebro County Council and Örebro University in Sweden conducted an intervention trial with 13- to 18-year-old girls who have been known to display psychosomatic symptoms related to stress and depression. These include body pains, and fatigue. Out the 112 participants, 59 were made to join dance classes twice a week for eight months, while the remaining 53 became the control group. Researchers collated data on their self-rated health (SRH) and observed how well they received and adhered to the new experience.

In another study, researchers found that while many young girls wished to look and be sexy just to get accepted in their social circles, those who were involved in a physical activities such as dancing understood that their bodies are more than just pretty things to look at. This sort of confidence boost helps alleviate issues of self-worth.

There are many ways to process personal issues without having to worry about using the right words to explain them. Dance is one that can easily be explored, as more than being a method of self-expression, it also helps adolescents realize the value of their bodies.

(Photo by Tom Good via Flickr Creative Commons)

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