Detox from all the things that have been throwing you off your game! It’s easy to tell yourself you’re going to make all the positive changes you can think of in the new year. However, 2017 is going to get off to a much more impactful start if you lay some groundwork now.

Rid yourself of some of the impurities that you’ve been holding onto – whether they developed this month or you’ve been cultivating some badness all  year.

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#1 Tech Detox

Do you wake up and check your phone? Do you bring your phone into bed with you? Are you checking it constantly? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it’s time to give it a rest. Replace that phone checking habit with something positive. First thing in the morning – review your planner and see what you’ve got going on today. Still need a planner for 2017? Check out my favorite one here.

#2 Detox your Body

Have you been going overboard with the sweets or heavy comfort foods? Parties are a challenge this time of year – it’s easy to fall off of a good eating plan and give yourself a pass because “the holidays only come once a year” but that kind of attitude can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. When you’re not at a party make sure you’re loading up on vegetables and lean proteins. When you join The Whole Dancer email list I’ll send you a healthy snacking cheat sheet to help you manage cravings this season!

#3 Skin Detox

Let your skin breathe. You’ve been wearing stage makeup and sweating through Nutcracker stage rehearsals and countless performances. When you’re not on the stage – give your skin a break from the makeup and try a healthier makeup. Whole Foods carries brands with healthier ingredients. Two of my favorites are Evan Healy and Dr. Hauschka. (Insider tip, you can also purchase these brands via different beauty websites online for cheaper prices!)

#4 Detox your relationships

Not all friendships are health. If you have a friend who is not supportive or brings you down – you can distance yourself or confront her. If you think it’s salvageable then talk it out and meet her with love. If you think it will continue to be damaging – find some space and start to move on.

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#5 Detox from bad habits

If you’ve started slacking off during a certain part of class or you’ve started allowing yourself to slink to the back of the studio. It’s time to turn it around. Especially if you’re going to be auditioning for summer programs or companies in the coming months, it’s time to start amping up your confidence. Fake it til you make it and if you start faking it now you’ll have a greater chance of making it come 2017!

#6 Detox your closet

Too many possessions can honestly weigh you down and hold you back. If you’re overwhelmed by clutter, this is the perfect time to clean it out. I’m a BIG fan of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. My biggest takeaway and one of the things you can start implementing now is to consider each item in your closet. Actually hold it in your hands and think about whether that item brings you joy. If it doesn’t, toss it.

There you have it. My ultimate 2016 detox list. Practical ways to ensure that you’re heading into 2017 feeling lighter, freer, and more motivated. And, don’t forget – if you need some support in the new year, join me for the exclusive LIVE round of The Dancer’s Best Body Program. It kicks off in January but enrollment is open now!

Dancer Detox 2016

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.

7 thoughts on “Dancer Detox 2016

  • December 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Maddie, thrilled you like it. Let us know how it goes!! xo, Jess

  • December 19, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Always putting off detoxing relationships, but learning how it’s a big part of staying healthy. Here’s to some clean up. Thanks for the positive inspiration.

    • December 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Daragh!!! Thanks for commenting – relationship detox is without a doubt one of the hardest things. It can take lots of repetition of not so great feelings before finally acknowledging that it’s time to move on – here’s to healthier relationships in 2017!!!

  • December 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I think this is going to help me so much this year ! Thanks for uploading!!

    • December 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      So glad to hear that, Maria!! Thanks for commenting! xo

  • December 21, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Here’s to a healthier 2017!


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