Emotional & Mental Well-Being

TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH WITH LATIN AND BALLROOM DANCING

  • Beat stress

  • Beat anxiety

  • Beat depression

 

Definition of stress

Response to a situation that a person perceives to be a threat or a type of demand.

 

Biological response

Your hypothalamus (region in your brain) sends a signal to your adrenal glands to release a surge of hormones (adrenalin and cortisol) into the bloodstream. As these hormones are released, the liver is triggered to produce more blood sugar which gives you an energy kick, breathing becomes more rapid, heart rate increases, and blood pressure rises.

If this stress is caused by physical danger, these chemicals can be beneficial, as they give you more energy and strength, speeding up your reaction time and enhancing focus (flight or fight).

If the stress is emotional, these chemicals can be harmful because there is no outlet for the extra energy and strength. Once the source of stress has passed, hormone levels return to normal, as do heartrate, blood pressure and other systems. Prolonged and constant exposure to stress causes anxiety, depression, and a variety of physical ailments.

 

Causes of stress

Job pressure, money, health, relationships, poor nutrition, media overload, sleep deprivation, and recently the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, are all emotional stressors which can be detrimental to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being if not managed adequately.

77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. 54% of people say that stress  leads to conflict with people close to them. This, in turn, causes a break in relationships or the inability to perform at work, or even in an intimate setting.

 

How we can help you combat your stress

We create an environment where you can regularly exercise, which acts as a distraction, and causes the release of endorphins and enkephalins that helps to improve your mood. We provide you with an environment where you can have fun and relax from everyday life. Music and movement can play a pivotal role in looking after your mental health. Together with this, building relationships and interacting with people with positive attitudes helps you  gain perspective in your own life.

That brings us to physical touch.

This is the one aspect that very rarely gets addressed in mental and emotional well-being.

Human touch has a dramatic effect on health, and it starts from birth. Babies who are touched more cry less, sleep better and have better brain development. As we get older, the amount of touch we experience dramatically decreases.

This can have a major impact on our health, as touch is an important part of our emotional well-being which contributes to our mental health. Benefits of touch include garnering trust between individuals as it is a form of communication. Touch can reduce loneliness, make you feel safe, improve your self-confidence and create bonds and connections with others. Touch helps you decrease stress, which in itself can improve your immune system function. All of the above triggers the release of oxytocin which is the “feel good” hormone.

Dancing in partnership can provide you with almost all the tools you will need to cope, deal, and face most of the obstacles of your daily life.

We cannot claim a cure-all. But we can promise to do our best in contributing to your sustained happiness and overall well-being.