It is not a myth that ballet is a very challenging discipline that requires great physical and mental effort for dancers, who dedicate a large part of their lives to improving their technique.
This physical demand is highly involved with emotional stress. Therefore, they must be mentally prepared to manage the pressure, injuries, competition, and exigencies of the ballet world.
Dancers often ignore the fact that stress can have a negative impact on their development. If stress becomes a daily issue, it can affect our mood, performance, and even our health over time.
It is important to understand that stress in ballet is not a minor issue. For this reason, we have compiled some tips to help you control stress and improve your mental health and physical well-being.
1. Be in control of your thoughts
Positive thoughts encourage positive attitudes. Contrarily, our negative thoughts, fears, and insecurities lead to a negative mindset, which might affect our performance as a dancer.
If we face our challenges with a positive and optimistic perspective, we will change bad habits, improve our mood and raise our confidence and self-esteem.
Remember that this is a habit that must be worked on a daily basis with small actions. Don't worry when a negative thought gets in your way, replace it and move on!
2. Keep a good routine
If you want to give a 100% in your daily ballet training, you should pay special attention to maintaining a healthy diet and a good rest.
A balanced diet is essential for a healthy life. A dancer's diet should contain enough calories and proteins to strengthen your muscles and heal injuries, as well as sufficient vitamins and minerals to keep your bones and joints strong.
Additionally, a good rest is necessary for better performance. Even the most athletic and young people need enough sleep to perform at their best. It benefits your body and brain functionality, helps your body's recovery, and lowers the risk of injuries.
3. Plan time away from dance.
Getting sometimes out of the ballet routine has a very positive effect on a dancer's life. It will provide you with positive energy and refresh your mind, which is essential for anyone to feel good.
We recommend you spend time with family and friends, plan outdoor activities, or practice meditation. These actions will improve your mental health, by reducing stress and increasing your confidence and self-esteem, as well as your quality of life!
4. Identify your emotions and get help if necessary.
Identifying our emotions takes practice. Try to be aware of how you feel and understand why you feel that way. Accept your feelings with love and respect, without judging yourself.
Talk to someone you can trust, such as a friend or your parents. If you feel like you are struggling with episodes of anxiety or depression, don't be afraid to get help from a therapist or mental health professional; they are qualified experts who can assess and guide you on how to manage your emotions so you can feel better.
We cannot forget that as a dancer we are exposed to high levels of pressure and stress. Your physical and mental health comes first! Recognizing that something is not right will help us identify our problems and start working on them.
As a brand, at Mara Dancewear we care about the well-being of our dancers. That is why we want you to feel part of our family and remember that we are always available to listen to you or help you with whatever you need.