We all find ourselves down in the dumps from time to time. The world is complex and things don’t always go our way. When these feelings are compounded over a long period, they can result in anxiety and depression.
Hula hooping calms the mind and relaxes the body, which can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Releasing some of the tension of everyday stress, hula hooping allows you to practice self-expression and artistically work your way through difficult times. The meditative back-and-forth motion of the hula hoop elicits peaceful feelings. When you’re hula hooping, the rest of the world falls away and it becomes just you and the hoop.
Like anxiety, depression can make it hard to enjoy life, but hula hooping can help bring some of that joy back. Sadness and anger fade away as the hula hoop’s trance-like movements take your mind off everyday problems. Hula hooping gives you time to tend to yourself and focus on the beauty of your own existence. Jonathan Baxter, founder of the introspective hula hooping school HoopPath, said in a video interview, “When I’m within a practice space, I am not there for anyone’s enjoyment except my own.” His own experiences with depression were alleviated when he started hula hooping on a daily basis. Hula hooping is often referred to as a “transformative dance” because of its ability to change the mindset of the participant.
In no way is hula hooping a substitute for medical treatment. If you are experiencing anxiety or depression, seek help from a professional. However, hula hooping is a powerful supplement that works in tandem with other treatments. It’s an amazing way to feel good about yourself, relax, find your focus, and have some laughs. You may find that it’s hard not to be happy when you’re hula hooping!