I am focusing on what I can do outside the studio for the daily care of my body and mind.
Dancers are in constant maintenance, and one thing I have learned through the years of my young career is that we need constant oil for our engine for good functionality.
It is important to work hard at the studio attending classes and rehearse daily as well as, like I said in my Conditioning post, do complimentary exercises at the gym or take a Pilates class to support our technique.
However, self-care is a massive topic I will love to get into. Sometimes we get distracted and forget about our physical and mental health, and this affects our careers and personal lives tremendously.
I am working on establishing my complimentary exercises to support my technique (especially at this time of recovery), and I am very happy with how it is turning out: Light cardio sessions three times a week with a good stretching/conditioning gym session, Pilates twice a week, physiotherapy twice a week, and ice every night. (I can talk about this routine/update on a later post).
But yes, I do forget to take care of myself on a bigger scale. I need to understand that because the mind works tirelessly every day, I need to set a time to reset and recover during the week.
That little "time-off" is so necessary.
Reading a good book more often, taking a break from social media, decluttering my space, meditation, journaling, better skin care, maintaining a nourishing food plan, and going to bed earlier are some I would love to integrate into my life more often.
I not only need these as a dancer but also as a human being.
As hard as we work, dancers are humans as well, and we need these times of resetting in order to perform our duties better and better every day.
I will keep you updated on my routines. For now, let's grab a pen and start writing and setting that self-care routine that your body desperately needs after a good week of sweat at the studio.