Right now, many of you are scrambling, trying to figure out how you are going to survive if you have to close your studio doors for weeks. The unknown is scary, and the fear is real.
Self-care and self-preservation go hand in hand.
Here are three simple things that you can do to keep calm during these uncertain times.
Right now, pause. Focus on your breath for just a moment. Pay attention to the texture of your breathing. Is it shallow? Is it quick? Is it long and full? What is the texture of your breath?
An easy breathing exercise to practice is called Box Breathing.
Step 1: Slowly exhale.
Sitting upright, slowly exhale through your mouth
Step 2: Slowly inhale.
Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose to the count of four.
Step 3: Hold your breath.
Hold your breath for another slow count of four.
Step 4: Exhale again.
Exhale through your mouth for the same slow count of four
Do this for a few minutes and then bring awareness to how your body feels. Box Breathing is a great exercise to do before making any difficult decisions.
2. Create time to think about what could GO RIGHT.
Our brains have a built-in tendency to focus on the negative, referred to in psychology as the negativity bias. This means that we are always more inclined to focus on what could go wrong rather than what could go right. Take a moment to let go of the fear. Just put it in the corner for a moment, knowing that it too is serving you. Just for a moment, try to think about what GOOD is coming from this experience. Make your list.
What is this situation teaching me?
How is this making me stronger?
How is this benefiting me?
How is this benefiting my clients?
Carving out time to create balance within the situation will open up space for more good things to show up for you during this time. We must always practice dancing with both the Light and the Dark.
(This exercise may be difficult at first. Stay curious about the process and the feelings that come up for you. Over a few days of practice, you may be surprised by the ideas that start flowing.)
3. Create your Self-Care practice.
If you have ever flown in an airplane, you have heard the advice regarding putting your oxygen mask on first before you assist others. You are currently being asked to up-level your leadership skills. Lucky for you, you are a dance teacher and can handle any situation.
Make sure that you are creating an intentional practice every day that brings you peace.
Self-care could be doing yoga, going outside for a walk, reading your bible, meditating, writing in your journal, taking a hot bath, cooking, turning off your phone for a certain amount of time. The list can go on- and on, and ultimately it is whatever lights YOU up inside. Take time to take care of yourself. The world needs your light now more than ever.
Julie Nguyen is a certified Life Coach and has been in the dance industry for over 23 years. She is currently uploading FREE content for dance studio owners and teachers as her contribution to add LOVE during this uncertain time.
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