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Regular Dancing can Boost Mental Health and Self Esteem in Young Girls

Update Date: Nov 21, 2012 02:38 AM EST

Girls, dance those worries away, as a new research reveals that dancing can really help young girls get rid of symptoms like depression, stress, fatigue and headaches and help them head toward a better state of mental health.  

The study conducted by Anna Duberg, a physical therapist at Örebro University Hospital and a doctoral candidate at Örebro University in Sweden, claims regular dancing can hence be regarded as a strategy for preventing and treating low spirits and depression, Medical Xpress reports.

Also, it seems that dancing can boost self-esteem in people and help them deal with everyday problems more easily.

For the current study, the researchers observed and analyzed 112 Swedish girls aged between 13 and 19 years. All the participants in the study, at some time or the other, had sought help from the school nurse for symptoms such as anxiety and depression, fatigue, headaches, and back, neck and shoulder pain.

The participants of the study were divided into groups. While one group, consisting of 59 girls, regularly danced together two days a week, the other group of 53 girls was the control group, wherein the girls did not change their living habits.

The findings of the study revealed that the group of girls who danced regularly, despite all the challenges that teenage life entails, had experienced a boost in their self-esteem when compared to the girls in the control group.

The positive effects of the dancing sessions apparently continued for four to eight months after the dance training ended.

It was found that 91 percent of the girls in the dance group admitted to feeling the positive effects of the regular dance sessions. The findings of the study may be helpful in leading to a healthier lifestyle.

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