If you don’t know about July being designated as Minority Health Month, well now you know. Minority groups tend to deal with a different set of issues as it pertains to mental health. These issues are language barriers, insurance cost, stigmas and cultural belief systems. These can be some tough obstacles presented to those dealing with mental illness. However there is something that you can do that will have a great effect on your mood while providing other benefits as well in the meanwhile. That would be the power of dance.
You ever heard of these things called endorphins? Well in case you haven’t let me tell you what they are about. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that aid in reducing your perception of pain. They also trigger a euphoric feeling which has a similar effect as morphine. The great thing about the feeling that endorphins produce is that it doesn’t result in addiction like morphine can. Well dance fitness classes can help with bringing about these positive and happy feelings that one feels while exercising. When you do these types of classes, you are usually doing so in a group setting.
Social support is one of the best things to have with those dealing with depression. This is what makes hip hop fitness classes beneficial in this aspect. That is because you benefit from the physical activity of the class as well as the emotional comfort of knowing that you have an support system to push you forward.