The other week, we posted a blog that was all about how dancers can improve their balance before heading to an upcoming dance competition. Balance is one of the most important things a dancer can have, but balance is more than just a physical act. Balance can also refer to balancing dance with other aspects of your life.
Dancers often dedicate their entire lives to dancing. It makes sense. After all, the only way to improve your dance skills is to practice. Therefore, the more you practice, the better dancer you’ll become and we’re always striving to be our best. However, this can lead to burnout where a dancer becomes so overwhelmed with the sheer amount of time they spend practicing, rehearsing, and even thinking about dance or upcoming dance competitions that they turn away from dance entirely.
What Causes Burnout?
At the end of the day, burnout is caused by a lack of balance. This can include too much emotional stress or physical stress, lack of rest between activities, and go-go-going from practice to school to rehearsals to performances to homework to social obligations and so forth. When you’re not balancing dance with other aspects of your life, it can be easy to burnout. That is the last thing we want here at Star Systems! So, today, instead of offering up some tips on how to physically balance, we’re going to give you a few ways you can find mental balance in your life. Keep reading to learn more!
Fuel Your Body
Sometimes burnout is caused by forgetting to eat because you are so busy, eating unhealthy food because it is quick and easy, or eating sporadically to fit your schedule rather than ensuring you are giving your body all-day fuel. Remember to eat meals that are both delicious and nutritious and plan ahead to ensure you are getting three or more meals periodically throughout the day.
Take Time To Rest
When it’s go-go-go, resting can be the last thing that seems possible. This is especially true for dancers who are also trying to balance work or school (or both!). Take at least 30 minutes every day to rest and unwind, and schedule a rest day once a week.
Engage In Other Hobbies
While our dance competition company loves dancing as much as we are sure that you do, it can be mentally beneficial to find other hobbies to express yourself. For example, grab a group of friends for a weekly bowling session, learn how to play an instrument, or spend time drawing or reading. This can help you keep your brain busy while still providing rest from dance. In addition, taking this short respite will likely make you more excited about your next dance competition.
Mindfulness is the act of remaining mentally present in the moment. Too often we focus on the past or future, and forget to be mindful of the present. In doing so, you are aware of your surroundings as well as your mental and physical feelings. One of the easiest ways to be more mindful is to simply slow down. Walk slower and smell the roses. Feel the cold air on your face. Breathe slowly and follow your breath into your lungs. Chew your food slower and be aware of each taste and texture. If your mind wanders and you begin going through the motions mindlessly, remind yourself that these thoughts can wait and bring yourself back to the present.
Dance With Purpose
When many people are asked why they are dancing, they might say, “To practice for the upcoming dance competition.” While this makes sense, it is also important to discover some other purposes behind why you dance. Does it free your mind of stress? Does it improve your confidence? Are you dancing because you want to one day own your own dance studio? Find your purpose for dancing beyond simply performing or competing in dance competitions and nourish it. Always work toward a larger goal or purpose. Of course, dance competitions can be a stepping stone on your way to your larger purpose, and luckily, we offer dance competitions all over the country. Register today!