Does going to ballet some nights feel impossible? Here are four tips to help you overcome the evening slump and hurry you out the door (with energy!) to your ballet class.
We all know that tired feeling at the end of the day – the one that makes you question whether you can be bothered to do anything more than flop on the couch with remote in hand. But before you succumb to gravity, try contacting one of your ballet buddies. Accountability is a wonderful thing to keep you on the straight and narrow, and what better way than to team up with one of your classmates and help each other ride through the evening slump? It’s always easier to find the desire to attend class if someone else is relying on your support. You’ll also have the opportunity to chat about ballet before you arrive, helping to put you in the right headspace for class.
We all know the mid-afternoon slump. That’s about the time when the chocolate makes an appearance and we all rejoice in the invention of refined sugar. However, have you considered the flow on effect of those somewhat empty calories? Sure they taste great in the moment, but they won’t help you conquer the early evening slump. Rather than reaching for a quick hit of sugar mid-afternoon, think about something equally delicious that will sustain you, rather than shift the slump to a later time. It doesn’t mean that you have to forgo sweetness, but rather eat something that will slowly release energy for when you need it. The internet houses a wondrous collection of recipes for treats that will sustain your energy rather than flatten it. Try searching ‘healthy treats’ for more ideas than you can poke a stick at! And don’t forget that a good daily routine for breakfast and lunch will also set you up for success.
Aromatherapy is not for everyone, however, our sense of smell is very powerful and essential oils can give us a lift. Any kind of aroma will give an instant reaction, whether it’s pleasant or not, and that will vary from person to person. Creating an energy-boosting blend of essential oils to inhale when you are feeling low can improve not just your energy levels, but your mood as well. All you need are a few drops on a tissue and you can have a little energy kick-starter in your pocket. Citrus oils are great for an energy boost, but there many others that can also help give you a lift. It’s important to do some research before reaching for the nearest bottle of orange oil, so arm yourself with the facts about proper usage. You can read more here.
This one might seem a little round about, and requires a bit of planning, however, it can provide a pick-me-up that is completely about you and your work in class. Keeping a ballet diary is a great idea to track your progress, noting your achievements and goals. Its other important use is to remind you what you are working for in class. Reading through what you have already accomplished will give you a boost of confidence and the desire to keep working towards your goals. Ballet is hard, and at times can feel overwhelming. It’s important to note your successes and then read about them! This will send you into class with a positive mindset and the energy and desire to do more.
Your ballet class is the ultimate time out, and you know that it will leave you feeling uplifted with a wonderful sense of achievement. The hardest part of overcoming the evening doldrums is making it through the studio door. With these pick-me-up tips as your secret weapon, you can bounce into your ballet class with plenty of energy to spare.