It doesn’t matter if you had the best weekend ever or you had the worst – today it’s Monday and you need to put a little spring in your step. So, I introduce to you the 30 Second Dance Party.
For whatever you’re feeling, dance. I repeat: Dance. It. Out.
Being human is all about the experiences you go through and the feelings those experiences bring. The best way to experience all of those feelings – good, bad or in between – is to dance. You don’t have to be a professional or even any kind of good. That’s the beauty of the 30 Second Dance Party. You just move in whatever way you’re feeling.
Do the lawn mower or the shopping cart or maybe even breakdance, although, I take no responsibilities for the injuries you may or may not obtain while trying. You can always go with the move I learned freshman year from a friend of just jumping around to the beat. The point is to get up, feel your body move and smile. Above all, you’re goal is to smile by the end of it.
Life is going to throw every curveball at you, and you just have to learn when to take a moment, collect your thoughts and dance it out. It’s like pressing pause for just a brief period of time in order to be silly and be you with no pressure. I used to dance it out all the time in college when the never-ending stream of exams, papers and projects all seemed too much, and it was probably one of the most valuable life lessons I learned in those four years.
In case you don’t have a go-to 30 Second Dance Party song, here are some of my current favorites to dance around my kitchen to whenever I feel a little too tied down and stressed:
- House Party, Sam Hunt
- One Week, Barenaked Ladies
- All You Had To Do Was Stay, Taylor Swift
- I Won’t Be Left, Tegan and Sara
- Somewhere In My Car, Keith Urban
- Pompeii, Bastille
- $8 Beer, Them Coulee Boys
- We Are Tonight, Billy Currington
- I Lived, One Republic
- Really Don’t Care, Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd
- Countdown, Beyoncé
- Happy, Pharrell Williams
- Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
Now you may be thinking, “I’ve already got a fool-proof way to get rid of stress and feel happy, but thanks!” And to that I say that there should be no shortage of ways to make yourself happy, so why not try it? Even if your 30 Second Dance Party turns into 20 minutes, it doesn’t matter. It’s your party, so dance how you want to for however long you want.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I feel some epic air guitar playing coming on during “Free Bird.” And, the guitar solo, aka everyone’s favorite part, starts in around the 4:30 minute mark –you’re welcome.
Always remember to keep dancing and until next time,