Saturday, November 17, 2007

Dear Janie -- You are Stressed OUT!

As you experience (and probably observe among other dancers) the amount of work you do with your body, mind, and spirit is extraordinary --- You are a prime candidate for stress, especially around this time of the year --- NUTCRACKER! and Winter Performances.

What we know about stress is that there are a lot of different factors, Janie. (I am going to write this out so that you can keep this in mind.) I am going to list a few and I am sure you can add to the list. . . long rehearsals, add on training hours, little recognition (at least what you want), pain in the body, demands and pressures from self/school/family, personal conflict, emotions (tears, irritability, anger), beliefs about yourself, ranting in the mind, overload with life outside of ballet and within ballet ... not to mention those corrections (AND DOESN"T ANYONE SEE THAT I AM DOING MY BEST!!!!!!) Feeling like you are under a microscope has created this high sensitivity to criticism. Chnages in sleep and eating patterns.

The strain of rehearsal is real - and can create tremendous strain in the mind and body.

Janie, You are stressed OUT!

Sanna Carapellotti, MS
Performance Specialist

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