Wellness Tool: Making a Plan
You might wonder how planning is related to wellness, and you wouldn't be the first person to ask. Especially in dance, where so many decisions are made for you, and so much seems out of your control, it might sound strange to promote planning.
And yet, this is a key aspect to becoming a successful dancer.
Woody Allen once said, "Showing up is 80% of life" and in some ways, he's right. But dancers never just show up. There's too much to do and just showing up wouldn't cut it.
Successful dancers, the ones who are calm, focused, and in control, bring their best selves to the studio every day and it's largely because of what they've done behind the scenes.
Those dancers have energy because they've slept the night before and eaten breakfast. They stay focused throughout the day because they have snacks and lunch in their bag (and mental fitness tools in their brains). They aren't frustrated beyond reason when something goes wrong in class because they've been working through those emotions outside of the studio.
Who are these dynamo dancers? Do they exist?
Yes, those dancers exist; I know because I've worked with them. Once they realize that success starts with being organized and planning their time, most dancers jump on board.
In order to be that dynamo dancer above, here's at peek at what happens behind the scenes on a regular basis:
- regular, focused grocery shopping with a list
- knowing what foods to buy because they've worked with a coach like me or a nutritionist (so they know what works best for their bodies)
- having a plan for meals and snacks
- having a plan for getting to bed on time, so they can wake up on time so they can cook and eat breakfast and pack their food bag
- setting limits on how late they're up, how long they're on social media, how they get their homework done.
The list goes on, but you get the idea.
It's a lot, right? Yes. One of my dancers says "Adulting is hard work." She's right.
But "adulting" is a lot easier with a plan. Plans alleviate stress because we know what we need to do and when. All those dancers you see who are so "together" and calm? Chances are they spend their evenings and weekends following schedules and checking off lists.
Why not be one of them? Start your 2017 with a bang by getting organized. If you want help, shoot me an email by clicking on the little envelope icon below. I've helped a lot of dancers with their planning and am here for you!
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