Create Routines that Support YOU

Especially in times of uncertainty, routines create something to fall back on. You’re going to support yourself and your goals by staying on some sort of path.

In the morning…

Start off your day with activities that make you feel alive. If taking a shower, getting dressed and putting on some makeup makes things feel more normal, do it.

Get ready for class. Put your hair up. Wear a leotard you love. Do some of the things you’re used to in normal everyday life. It’s going to motivate you now and when you’re able to get back into the studio.

As tempting as it can be to just stay in pajamas all day, it can also add to feelings of anxiety.

Eat a good breakfast. You don’t have to under eat to maintain your best body. In fact, that can cause a lot more harm than good. As always, pay attention to hunger cues and make adjustments as necessary.

At night…

Routines at night are going to help you process your emotions, fall asleep more easily and stay asleep. A lot of people are experiencing sleep disturbances and insomnia right now. Nighttime routines can help you find more peace.

Have a planned bedtime. Eat dinner 2-3 hours prior to your bedtime.

Turn off the screens at least 20-30 minutes before bed. If you enjoy some TV before bed, that’s OK but save some of your other wind down activities for after. Wash your face, brush your teeth, maybe read a book or journal.

Take care of yourself…

By caring for your physical and mental well being right now, you’ll have an easier time transitioning back to “normal” life once you’re able. If you’re having a hard time caring for yourself sufficiently, find support. Reach out to your family and friends. Don’t sugar coat what you’re going through. It’s OK if you’re not ok.

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Benefits of Routine in the time of COVID-19

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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