“About a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression – two ‘monsters’ I’d unknowingly fought most of my life. Like many people in similar situations, I have good days and bad days, but dancing is one thing that could almost always make me feel (at least a bit) better.
In 2009, on one of my better days, I decided to try a Zumba class for the first time. One time was all it took, I was hooked. I would definitely go on my good days, and try on the bad, but I noticed that the more I went, the easier it was to make it to the next class.
Last April, after a particularly great workout, my husband found me in the living room dancing to a song we had just done in class. He looked at me and said, ‘Just go get licensed already.’ So, I did.
My anxiety was at an all-time high the day I went to my instructor training. But, I pushed through!
Being a Zumba instructor with GAD and Depression is hard. I still have bad days, but with proper medication and the endorphins a good workout brings, my bad days have become fewer. In this way, the Zumba program has saved my life. And, knowing that I have people trusting me to lead a good class keeps me up and going even when I feel like I can’t, because for all I know, Zumba may be saving their life, too.”
-Jacquelyn Brummond, licensed Zumba® Instructor; dancing her way to better days
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