The past year was definitely a difficult year with many changes for everyone. Suddenly, the pandemic caused by COVID shifted many of our plans. Although some ballet companies and schools are returning slowly to normal, many dancers from all around the world are still dancing from home.
Keeping up with daily ballet classes can be difficult at this time. Motivation often comes and goes and we end up very tired just wishing to get back to normal as soon as possible. Here are some simple tips for finding new ways to stay motivated during these times:
1. Create a daily routine
Dancers tend to be disciplined people with habits, that’s why following a schedule can provide some balance during this very unusual time. Create a list of your daily activities, even the simplest things like a video call with a friend or watching a movie. You will see how you will use your time more efficiently!
2. Find your dancing space
It can be frustrating to train at home when the space doesn't feel like a ballet studio. You can come up with creative solutions like moving some mirrors, put a dance floor, or even building your own ballet barre. You can find online many options of all prices.
Creating your own “dance studio” can make it easier to stay focused on what you are doing.
3. Listen to your body
Don't be obsessed with maintaining the same shape you had before the quarantine. Everything is fine! Take a deep breath, take one day at a time, and most importantly, listen to your body. It is totally ok to rest the days we need to disconnect. Find what is best for your physical and mental health.
4. Use social networks in moderation
During the lockdown, most of us have found ourselves scrolling down through Facebook and Instagram without stopping and sometimes without being fully aware that we have opened the app.
According to experts, although social networks help us to be connected with our friends and beloved ones, excessive use might have a negative impact on our health causing anxiety, mental fatigue, and insomnia, among other symptoms.
If you have felt or are feeling some of these symptoms, we recommend you use social networks in moderation, especially during these unusual times.
5. Take advantage of online classes
Nowadays, you can find online many accessible choices to take classes and learn from different teachers and well-known dancers.
On the internet, there are many live sessions for free, training routines on YouTube, or master classes. It is a way of learning from people and places that we normally might not be able to attend. If you want any recommendations, write us and we will be happy to help you!
Even though home training is not the best in the long term, it offers a unique opportunity for new and exciting ways of learning. As long as we focus on the positive things, we can take advantage of this unusual moment that we are going through.
Staying active, planning your routine, and eating healthy will be your best allies during these times! Also, try new activities to break the daily monotony and keep in touch with your family and friends to always feel accompanied.
¡We can do this!