I’ve been reading and typing for about 3 hours so far tonight.
It’s getting to be pretty late, and I’m due for my nightly meeting with my bed (more-like thin foam pad on the floor). But I still have a few things that I want to accomplish as I’m coming down the home stretch.
So, how have I been battling this tired, “you’ve accomplished enough”, attitude?
I put on Amazon music on my TV with a playlist of some of favorite songs. All the songs on this particular playlist are tracks that I can dance-in-my-seat to. Better yet, every time I’ve gotten up to get food, or fetch something from my room, I’ve danced (if that’s what you want to call it) my way there and back.
Just the act of creating movement in my body is keeping my brain active. It’s keeping me in a happy, creative state. And I’m continuing to get more work done.
But this isn’t just a sugar-pill trick. No sir. This is a bonafide scientific trick! You see, dancing actually reduces cortisol — a stress hormone — levels in your body.
In fact, a study was conducted where the researchers wanted to test the cognitive benefits of dancing. So, they took a group of people, put them into a room, and made them listen to music for five minutes. Each person had one of three options — sit and listen, cycle on a bike, or dance. Turns out, all the dancers improved on the cognitive tasks that they did before and after the experiment.
Here are the results in the words of Dr. Lovatt …
“All those who chose to dance displayed improved problem-solving skills afterwards. This same study also found that the mood levels of the dancers went up. It shows that dancing along to music even for five minutes can boost happiness and improve creative-thinking patterns.”
Feeling lazy? Tired? Blah?
Just get up and dance a little!
Until next time,