20 Ways Dancing Salsa Has Improved All Of Our Lives
There are two things that come to mind when you hear the word “salsa”. The first is that delicious appetizer restaurants give you as soon as you sit down that you’re ready to dip your fried tortillas in and chowing down! The second is the music with its roots with Afro-Cubans and became popular in New York City in the ’60s, that nourishes your soul with every step you take. This iconic Caribbean dance has been a staple in every Latina’s life and is one of the reasons we are able to accomplish everything we do. Here are twenty times Salsa music has kept Latinas productive!
1. Scheduling Doctors Appointments
Thanks to modern technology, it’s easy to schedule doctor appointments online instead of calling on the phone. But what hasn’t changed is how tedious and boring the task is. That’s why listening to salsa music is a way to keep you motivated and happy while you book all those appointments. Your future self will thank you!
2. Daily House Chores
Cleaning is the one productive task every Latina hates doing and we often will get distracted to avoid doing the work. Listening to salsa while cleaning keeps us on task and gets the job done…and lets us practice some dance moves to try later at the club.
3. Writing Thank You Notes
It seems like something silly that your Mami or Abuela did after parties or birthdays, but it’s a pretty productive way to maintain relationships with friends and family by saying thank you. The task may seem daunting but listening to salsa music will brighten your day and remind you of the fun you had with your friends and encourage you to get these little thank you notes done!
4. Last Minute Dates Mean Doing The Biggest Job Of Your Life, Getting Ready
May not seem like the most productive task that should a priority but the dating world is tough and you want to make a lasting impression. Studies show (no actual study was conducted) that listening to fast-paced music like salsa not only helps you get the job done faster but sets your mood for the rest of the night!
5. Productive Way To Better Yourself
Salsa music has a rich history in Latin America and one of the produtive things Latinas do on their downtime is learn about Latinidad. Exploring and listening to salsa music is a way for Latinas to stay connected to their culture, learn about how Afro-Latinx created the genre that keeps them motivated and keeps Latinas motivated to share the work in our community all while listening to the music.
6. Getting You Through That Cram Session
No matter what grade level you’re in, staying productive and on task when studying is hard. But they say if you do an activity while studying it can help with memory and there’s no better activity than listening to salsa music and dancing the night away with your textbook! It’s helped so many Latinas in the past get the passing grade and that degree.
7. Meeting Your Fitness Goals
Being productive doesn’t always mean academics or jobs, it can even but about your own personal health. But also the key to staying on track and meeting your goals is salsa! Playing salsa music is the perfect thing to keep blood flowing.
8. Reorganize Your Life
From scheduling work dates, to even making sure you make time for your familia and girls…we have got to be on it. While reorganizing our calendars to keep track of our obligations, we can have some fun listening to some Héctor Lavoe and stay motivated! WEPA!
9. Keeping Up With Your Spanish Studies
Not all Latinas speak Spanish, and that’s totally fine. But there are some Latinas who’ve decided to learn the language and at times it can be challenging. But a great that Latinas stay productive and keep up with their Spanish studies, is listening and singing along to salsa music…and finally understanding what’s being said is a plus!
10. Doing Taxes
Every year we all dread one thing…doing our taxes. But making sure they get done means we’ll be able to kick a** the following year with jobs. Making a required and daunting task a better experience and allows a fun without being distracted is are the sweet sounds of salsa. Salsa music keeping you productive and praying you get that tax return!
11. A Productive Evening With Your Girls
All of us muxers are busying being the BOSS of our lives, because of that, it’s hard to see our amigxs. Setting up a girls night where we all get together to get work done while listening to salsa music to make the hard work fun is just the thing we’d do! Productivity with your amigxs while a little salsa to keep you from feeling tense is the key to success.
12. The perfect subject to help you get in A in class
There are those rare moments in class where your professor lets you pick a topic of your choice to present to the class. Presenting on what salsa music is and showing the moves that come with it is the perfect way for any Latina to get an A. We are experts in the subject and it’s time to finally showcase our expertise! Salsa music not only gave us a productive outlet, helping us earn that degree.
13. Memorizing Your Abuela’s Family Recipies
Our Abuelas can teach up many things about life and have taught us many ways to pass on traditions through food. It’s a lot of hard work memorizing all those recipes, especially when cooking big meals for the family. But studies have shown that listening to music while memorizing is the best way to learn something. Salsa music reminding you how to make your favorite dishes and stay on task to make sure the meal is done in time is the best way for any Latinx to learn to keep the traditions alive!
14. Waiting for the public transit
Remember point 8 about the hustle? Sometimes we gotta multitask during our commute. Keeping the eye on the prize and staying focus while riding public transit can be difficult. But many Latinas master the balance or work and pleasure with salsa! Bumping to the music while going over work notes never made the commute more enjoyable and ready to dominate your next location!
15. Curating Posts On Social Media
It’s 2019, and most of us are making money online via social media. Freelance is the preferred job for young Latinx and sometimes the workplace (aka your bed) gets boring and lonely and suddenly you’re scrolling on Facebook. Salsa music playing in the background makes working more fun and keeps you on task. The bonus is investing in a standing desk so you can dance and work at the same time!
16. Self Care Is A Full-Time Job
Taking care of your physical and mental health has recently become a full-time job for young Latinas. Being productive in ways to self-care isn’t always easy but salsa music can make your work of taking care of yourself enjoyable and get you through the process.
17. Organizing your life
Every few months, to stay productive and on track with your life goals, you need to reorganize everything. A Marie Kondo makeover if you will. Sitting in your house getting everything together and letting go what does not serve you anymore is better with salsa driving you to keep going. Salsa sparks joy and helps get the job done.
18. Fostering A Hobby
Every Latina needs a hobby, and not all of have one but it shows having a hobby can keep you productive during your downtime from your actual work. We tend to feel uncomfortable trying a new hobby but listening to salsa music keeps something familiar around us and motivated to keep trying and fostering something new in our life that benefits us in the long run.
19. Making Lists Of Goals
It’s good to check in with yourself on what goals you want to take away or add into your life. Sitting down at the table while listening to salsa music to keep you motivated, on track and possibly spark something has been great for Latinas to keep track of their goals without it getting boring.
20. Improving Dance Skills
The most productive thing a Latina does is to practice her dance moves. The most productive way to improve is by practising salsa. Salsa is challenging and a great motivator for Latinas to improve in their craft. It keeps them focused and ready for anything. Practising salsa is one of the most productive activities a Latina can do.
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