It should go unsaid, but it’s your job to take care of yourself! Above everything else that’s going on in your life, make sure to look out for #1!!!
After battling it out with my allergies for three weeks now, I’m tired of being sick! It’s my first day back from Spring Break, and I’m showing small signs of improvement, but just because I wear a sports bra every day, doesn’t mean that I’m healthy and 100% on top of my game all the time.
As a dancer, it’s your job to keep your body in the best possible condition, and equally your job to stay on top of things when they begin to falter (especially because 92% of our days are spent rolling around and sharing germs on the dirty floors).
Short and simple today, why? Because we’re not animals. Get YOURSELF together and keep your germs contained.
- Get plenty of rest 7-9 hours depending on your individual needs.
- Eat the foods that make you feel good. If broccoli makes you bloated enough to blow up a third world country, maybe don’t eat a pound of it before contact improv?
- Work out to stay strong, duh…but also to find your body awareness. Strength training and yoga both give me a unique opportunity to self-reflect in ways that I don’t often get to when taking class or dyva-stomping on a cardio machine. Find a few different ways to access your consciousness and give yourself time to indulge in a few sessions per week.
- Veg out when you find yourself randomly staring at walls. Burning out is a quick result of not giving your body the attention it deserves.
- Drink lots of fluids throughout the day. I know we all love diet soda and coffee, but do yourself a favor and every so often, grab some water.
- Wash your hands *one million times* a day. Again, you are rolling around in everyone else’s germs (sweat, feet, nastiness). Don’t walk away from class with your fingers in your mouth or eyes without dousing them in some hand sanitizer first.
- Check your feet for warts. This is gross, and is definitely not the good kind of glitter you want to get caught spreading around town. Keep it under wraps, literally.
- Don’t be the smelly kid: shower (often enough) and wear some D.O. to cover up your nasty B.O.
- It’s not unheard of (or worth judging) if you need to bring a sweat-towel to class, and or a change of clothes. Keep yourself comfortable.
This may seem a little ridiculous to write about, but it wouldn’t be written about if it wasn’t an issue…think about it…
Health, Happiness and Dancing!