In the craziest start to the year in recent memory, we're all a little more anxious because of the madness going on around us, following the outbreak of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Fortunately, we've got one another to stay strong, and if you're a fan of Grey's Anatomy, the show taught us how to get through these tough times many years ago.
Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) had an unbreakable friendship in the show's earliest seasons, coming to one another whenever they were feeling down and using one particular technique to rid themselves of stress.
Even used when Cristina decided to leave town and move elsewhere to further her career, the method of dispelling feelings of anxiety and tension has clearly worked a treat for the two women throughout the years. So much so, that audiences across the globe have undoubtedly being giving it a go themselves at home when the need arises.
We've got to dance it out.
Feel like everything’s getting a little bit too much? Head to the living room, kitchen, or wherever you’ve got a bit of room to move, and just dance it out! Pop on your favourite song and have a solo jam session: you can even bring in fellow members of the household for your own private little dance party – just remember to keep a metre apart if you’re social distancing! Even if you’re self-isolating, FaceTime, Skype and the like can allow you to get down and boogie with your loved ones whilst remaining safe.
From personal experience, ‘dancing it out’ is truly something that works. Science also shows that raising the heart rate through dance causes the body to release feel-good endorphins into our bloodstream, as well as helping to lower the rate of a stress hormone called cortisol.
Though it’s been the reason we’ve been left in floods of tears thanks to a number of untimely deaths and show exits, Grey’s Anatomy is a series that has also given us countless life lessons. We’ve learned that we must make the most of whatever situation we find ourselves in, and that fear is a natural instinct when we’re faced with unique and potentially life-changing scenarios.
“It’s good to be scared: it means you still have something to lose.” Those are the words of Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), and they really help to put everything into perspective.
So whilst we’re all a little bewildered about the place the world has found itself in, stick close to your moral values and look after one another: we will come out of the other end. And when all seems like it’s getting too much, remember to just dance it out.