Taking care of yourself should always be of importance, but in a season of change, it can be a challenge to prioritize your well being. Slumped at home might have started out feeling more like a vacation, a mere extension of spring break, and vacationing can mean treating ourselves to things like sweets, staying up late and sleeping in, and well, we become couch potatoes. While it can be satisfying to treat yourself to these things, it’s important to not allow this to become a new normal. The things you do or don’t do can affect your physical and mental wellbeing and when your hobby or passion, like dance, requires a strong mind and body it’s essential to care for these things, even now.
We are currently in a season of change and that often means we lean on things of comfort, things like food. The foods we eat are what fuel our bodies and dancers need a lot of good quality fuel. When proper nutrition isn’t in play it’s difficult to have enough energy to do simple tasks, not to mention withstanding hours of class or rehearsal. Start simple, adding more fruits and vegetables to meals, drinking plenty of water and still treating yourself, but do it mindfully. For more ideas on eating mindfully visit To The Pointe Nutrition.
Sleep Right & Be Active
Getting plenty of sleep means being alert mentally and ready physically. A well-rested body will likely face less injury and recover faster. Sleep aids in your growth hormones and memory consolidation; these keep you physically strong and mentally sharp. Getting a solid 8 to 10 hours of sleep is best if you’re under the age of 18, 7 or more if you’re older, and sneak a 20-minute power nap in when needed.
Stay moving! You might not be as active as before this season of home life hit, and that is okay. It’s good to keep your body moving for not only your physical health but your mental health as well. Physical activity can boost your immune system, reduce stress and anxiety and overall just makes you feel good.
Mind over Matter
Find activities to ease your mind, but that keeps it active. With current events, you may find yourself getting more screen time due to online everything, and social media and news reports can become draining. So, step away from the blue light and try reading a book, journaling, meditating, or drawing. Spending time with your thoughts can teach you more about yourself and can offer clarity to your desires and what you're really feeling at this time.
A Feel Good Story:
A Mother Shares How Communal Ballet Classes Have Enriched the Life of Her Daughter With Disabilities. Read the story here. (Pointe)
Health & Wellness:
COVID 19 Nutrition Essentials to Boost Immune System and Fight Infection (Dance Informa)
These 10 Pets Can't Resist Joining Their Humans for At-Home Training (Dance Magazine)
Click here for dance extras, perfect for your tiny dancer! (MDM at Home)
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