In these mid-winter early spring months where everyone is stressed and busy, it can be easy want to lose track of time, procrastinate, get lazy, or just watch Netflix all day. I find that this season is always that most busy for me and this year has been no exception. This is not a bad thing at all, and I like to be busy. However, I find myself at the slower times of the day just appreciating being able to sit down for a minute! This time of year can be very stressful and it is easy to get overwhelmed by everything that is stacking up. You may think that being so busy means that you have to spend the precious few hours to yourself doing as little as possible, but I have found that is actually easier for me to handle everything that I have to do, by doing more things. This doesn’t mean adding more obligations on my plate. It means finding time to do things that I enjoy that help me stay positive, organized, and relieve my stress.
One thing that I really enjoy doing to calm me down is to swim. I have always loved swimming and I have found a gym near enough that I can get to the pool at least once a week. I find that having that time to myself to swim also gives me time to organize all of my thoughts. I can think about the things I need to get done and how I’m going to them, and I can figure out how I can solve the problems I am facing that day or that week. There may be another type of exercise that you enjoy like running, yoga, or biking. They can all be good to for you mentally as well as physically, and sometimes getting in extra movement helps you to find energy in your dancing.
Clearly, I spend some of my free time making tiaras and hairpieces. But I also do needle felting, sewings, knitting, and painting. Making things is a great way to relax and it can be very satisfying. There are so many new things you can do or try. If you don’t already know how to do a craft, check online for classes or stores near you. Many times there are places that offer beginners workshops or classes, and sometimes if you are in a craft store, they will teach you how to it right there. This is a great time of year to get into something new, even if you just try it once. It doesn’t have to be stressful and you don’t have to commit to anything. Knitting is a great activity to start. It’s not too hard, you can take it with you anywhere, and it’s useful! Leg-warmers are an easy first knitting project that you can use for dance when you are done! Just try something and see if you like it.
There are also lots of great activities that you can do around your city. You could sign up for a cooking class or volunteer at a animal shelter. Whatever fits your interest and brings you happiness is what you should be doing. That could also just be spending time with a friend. It is very easy to say you don’t have time to see somebody and end up being alone all day. But you might feel more relaxed if you woke up a little earlier to get coffee with a friend and took thirty minutes to stop by somebody’s house on your way home. You would be surprised at how adding more to your life can actually make it feel balanced and will help you to concentrate on the during the importnat times of day.
me walking in the park, in rehearsal, and at one of my favorite museums. All during the busy spring months!