Mental fatigue (aka. burnout, being in a funk, feeling drained/mentally exhausted) affects all ages. Multitasking is commonplace in our daily lives, creating situations in which we rarely give our full attention to one activity/individual, and even less often focus on our own needs. Over time mental fatigue can affect the immune system, our ability to problem solve and concentrate, our mood and coordination, and ultimately, our quality of life. Mental fatigue can be a symptom of a larger issue (stress) and can cause issues in the long-term if ignored.
As lover of lists I thought I’d post a short list of straightforward ideas for recharging your batteries, boosting your energy and creativity!
- Teachers – Take time to BE the student.
- Find a class that you can take for yourself, try Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Jazz, Tap, Ballet – anything that feeds your need to move. I suggest purchasing a to class card for yoga or pilates so you can attend as often as you like (need).
- Students – Give yourself a break!
- Take a break from the homework and studying, go for a walk outside, or crank up some tunes (with or without earbuds) and have a dance party in your room – by yourself or with some friends. Take an afternoon off and go to a movie with a friend or family member.
- Parents – STOP. You also deserve a break.
- Find yourself spending a lot of time waiting for your dancer to finish their classes for the day (after your own busy workday)? Claim that waiting time for yourself and go for a walk, or bring something to do that is just for you – maybe knitting/crocheting, reading, a movie, listen to some music. Or better yet, talk with other parents from your students’ class – take a coffee break together!
Claim your Peace this holiday season: When you wakeup in the morning take 10-15 minutes for yourself before you do anything else. Sit in the silence of your home. No technology, just silence. Do whatever you need in that moment: Sit quietly, watch the sunrise, meditate, breathe, do yoga, etc. And when you are ready to begin the day, make a mental list of what your priorities are for the day (as opposed to a list of everything that must be done). This can be a great way to begin the day with a sense of calm, cultivating focus inward and on the people/things that are important to you.
New inspirations can also be a great way to recharge. Since beginning AD4L I have discovered some great blogs and articles that have sparked my creativity as we move into the winter months. Here are a few…
A Dancers Brain (great dance quotes)
A great article on the longevity of Sylvie Guillem.
And for some non-dance inspirations on living simply – Zen Habits.
And a little video inspiration…
How do YOU recharge? Drop us a line in the comment section and share your tips for recharging for yourself and your students/children.