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Dancing through life

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”

-Erma Bombeck

Does anyone else besides me turn up the music really loud and dance around the house when they’re home alone?

So I have a secret confession, I am very guilty of this and my music choices range from Enrique Iglesias (or anything latin pop, great dancing music), Disney classics, Justin Timberlake, Spice Girls, Usher, Chris Brown, and anything with a beat. There is nothing better than to come home after a long, exhausting day and just shake it off. I have found on those kind of days, when I am in a terrible mood and have barely smiled all day, turning on some tunes and dancing around like an idiot is often the best therapy. Within seconds, I find myself smiling and laughing, although I’m usually laughing at myself for being so stupid but at least I’m smiling! My neighbors or anyone walking by my house probably think I’ve gone mad, oh well, they can judge.

For me, dancing has always been a way to relieve stress, fear, and worry. In fact, dancing is probably something that saved my life. Shortly after receiving radiation, when my health started to go downhill, and doctors thought I would die within weeks, instead of giving up, I started to dance. Even though I couldn’t walk by myself, my mom and I would spend hours dancing around our house. She would hold onto my hands just like a mom does when teaching a baby to walk and we would just move to the beat. Every Saturday, the local radio station used to have “a disco night” where they played disco music from 7-11pm.  We would spend hours dancing to disco hits, making up routines to our favorite songs, and shaking “our groove thing”. It was so much fun and quite a workout too. Little by little, my mom started to let go of my hands, I began to pick up my feet, move on my own, and retaught myself how to walk.  Along with my physical health slowly improving, my attitude on life, and my mental health started to turn around too. So technically, dancing and disco music (along with other things) saved my life.

Along with the obvious physical benefits of dancing, it can also help with one’s mental health, keeping your mind sharp and boosting your happiness by releasing endorphins.

endorphins

I am guilty of being a bit dramatic sometimes, second-guessing myself, and worrying way too much. But lately, I don’t know what’s gotten into me but it seems like life has stolen all joy from me. Worrying about tomorrow, next week, or  where I’ll be this time next year. Making up problems in my head, focusing only on what ifs. Being depressed about a present situation and standing still in fear, anxiety instead of taking action to fix that problem. today

But one day this week, after being stuck in a funk, I broke out my iPod, turned the music up loud, and just danced. I felt a genuine smile come across my face as I moved through the room, pretending to be in Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body video. Slowly my worries, anxieties, and problems danced away with the music. My mind felt clear once again and my soul felt happy. (yes, it sounds weird but it’s true, don’t judge)

Dancing may not be the secret cure to cancer or the solution to every problem in the world but it is fantastic therapy for body, mind, and soul. So when life brings you a new challenge or a difficult but fun situation to overcome, don’t just stand still, dance through it.

Dancing through life
Swaying and sweeping
And always keeping cool
Life is fraught-less
When you’re thoughtless
Those who don’t try
Never look foolish
Dancing through life
Mindless and careless
Make sure you’re where less
Trouble is rife
Woes are fleeting
Blows are glancing
When you’re dancing
Through life…

-Wicked

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Life lessons in tea

“An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities”

With cooler weather approaching, there is something so comforting about a nice cup of tea to unwind from the day.  Maybe it’s just my opinion, but a cup of tea warms the heart and soul. Lately though, I’ve been drinking this brand that my sister-in-law introduced to me with cute, inspirational quotes on the bag. So not only is it a pick-me-up after a long day but the tea inspires positive thoughts and challenges your thinking.

Last week, as I saw this quote, it seemed like a great blog idea but I couldn’t put the right words together in my mind. As I wrote in my earlier post, someone very important to me passed away after battling cancer for years and as you can imagine, I’m struggling to move forward. Last week, I was so awful to be around. I was depressed and incredibly negative towards myself and to everyone around me. I didn’t understand my purpose in life or the reason as to why I survived cancer but many others haven’t or how I am supposed to achieve anything in life if my disabilities keep getting in the way. Pretty much I looked at my future and wanted to give up. I didn’t feel very positive.

This past weekend, I purposefully made plans with friends for some much needed friend time, a chance to get away from my sorrows and to find some happiness again. I am so blessed and thankful to have such amazing friends! It was as if they could read my heart and knew exactly what I needed. By the time Sunday came around, I felt like the same old positive and happy me instead of being depressed and negative about every single thing. As I looked at the moon last night, the right words finally came to me and I have three points to make.

Last week, I was so consumed with my worries about the future that having an attitude of gratitude was the furthest thing from my mind.  We often get so caught up thinking ahead to the future that we forget to be thankful for the moment we are in right now. Maybe it isn’t everything you want or how you imagined your life to be but that is why we have tomorrow and everyday after that, to keep working towards our full potential.  Stop worrying about what you can’t control, focus on today and what you have right now.

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry”-Padre Pio

Always have an attitude of gratitude. Each moment we live brings opportunities, some great, some not so great. Maybe the opportunities aren’t exactly what we expect at times or hold the answer to everything we’re searching for but it is in these moments that we are able to grow towards our purpose and are given hope that the best is yet to come. So be thankful and have an attitude of gratitude.

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude”-Unknown

We need to be open to these moments and opportunities. I’ve learned that when we set expectations in life or have an exact plan for our lives, we are often setting ourselves up for disappointment especially if those expectations are never met. So let go of those expectations or what you think is best for you. Just embrace every new opportunity we are given. Maybe they won’t take us exactly where we want to go but maybe it will provide us with the strength to keep going or give us a new outlook on things.  So be open to new adventures.

“When opportunity knocks, don’t let fear hold you back. Open the door and embrace the opportunity that has come forth”-Unknown 

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