The first few weeks of college, especially for a freshman, can be very difficult to adjust to. With new clubs, sporting events, making friends, new campus, and classes, everyone definitely feels an increased level of stress. As everyone knows, there are many more causes for stress than being thrown into new situations; in fact, problems mostly arise in familiar places such as home and the workplace. According to the chart below, stress resides in the amount of work someone has to do, on top of other priorities, but there never seems to be enough time.
When I feel stressed, I enjoy listening to music in order to take away or distract from whatever is on my mind. According to the University of Nevada , music can provide a substantial increase in someone’s mood. Of course, there are certain genres of music that can affect how accurate this is, but it also depends on the preferences of the person listening. For example, it is not guaranteed that music that relaxes someone’s friend will have the same impact on them.
So we know that music can be used as an escape from stress, but does dancing provide the same relief? According to Christina Devereaux, dancing does provide additional stress relief and creates a more positive state of mind. In her article, she describes a study in which high-stress patients were in four groups and each had to attend a certain class in order to see if or how their stress was affected. The dance class, out of fitness, math, and music, stood out as greatly decreasing the stress of those who attended it compared to the other classes. Due to the testing of third party variables to see if that affected the data, I would consider this data evidence that could be used to prove the positive affects of dancing on stress.
With the pressures that come from homework, jobs, and commitments like clubs and sports, it’s hard to find time to relax especially when there are so many distractions from social media. As a college student at a campus as big and exciting as Penn State, it is essential for students to consistently take breaks from homework, electronics, and all other distractions and do something healthy to give their minds and bodies a rest from their 24/7 schedule.
So, there is no proof that dancing can save your life, but since it can reduce stress, it would be good to find time to relax and listen to music or dance. It is common knowledge that stress can lead to health problems in the future, so why not avoid it now?