As you know, for the past five weeks (and for two more) I am dance coaching at a summer camp. My previous blog post that i was asked to write for Exsportise gives you an insight into how full on just one day can be here. So then times that by six for one week and then imagine all of that seven times over. It is really intense. That’s not a bad thing. it can just be quite overwhelming at times so I have really learned the importance of utilising my time off to spend some time purely for myself.
Until quite recently I was never one for yoga. Just the thought of it bored me to tears, but I think that’s because I didn’t want to enjoy it and didn’t necessarily understand the idea behind it. Now however, consider me a convert! I am very much self taught and take the time to indulge in my own practice rather than attending classes taught by someone else. Nowadays I am much more in tune with my body as a whole, physically and mentally and connecting my breath with my body. In this I’ve learned just how important it is to be in a good place mentally regardless of how you think you might feel. For me, yoga really helps to connect the mental and physical and free my mind of any stresses (even if the moves themselves are hard) Allowing myself this time means I don’t get completely swept up in a busy atmosphere and can look forward to this time alone knowing I’ll feel great after. Now, I’m not saying yoga is for everyone this isn’t me preaching, it just works for me. But your ‘me time’ might be different to mine. All I can say is that it is important that you find out what works for you to settle and free your mind. It could be five minutes with your favourite cup of tea or a walk outside in the fresh air, or simply sat in your room listening to your favourite music. Just find what works for you and make sure set aside some ‘me time’ to look forward to each week at least.
I’ve also found as I’ve gotten older just how important it is to surround yourself with good, positive people. The sort of people who naturally give off an amazing energy that you just cannot get enough of. It is very easy to get trodden down with or by negative people and negative energy, but if you remove it from your life as much as possible and focus on leading a life where you are happier, you are going to feel so much better for it! In terms of friends, it is definitely quality over quantity. At school, sure, everyone wants to be popular and liked by everyone but as you get older it becomes so much more important to have fewer REALLY good friends. These will be the people who will lift you up if ever you need it regardless of whether you speak every day or not, they’ll be there. You simply cannot please everybody and be friends with everyone and the more time you spend trying to always please other people, the less time you have to make sure you are happy~ and everybody deserves to be happy.
~Moral of the story… surround yourself with positive people and find out who your true friends are. (people who will be weird with you and love your weird too!)
With this in mind, these are the things that I’ve tried to implement into my lifestyle here at camp. On my days off you will either find me down at a play park area that has monkey bars to train at or relaxing by the pool on a sunny day. This park area is slightly secluded and I get to spend time alone down there doing some strength and flexibility training as well as yoga and handstand practice. If the sun is shining also, it means that i get to spend time outside and in the fresh air. During the week I am in the dance studio for up to six hours a day so to get outside in the sun and grab myself some vitamin D is very much a welcomed part of my weekend.
My three things I try to live by:
Inhale the good, exhale the bad. Surround yourself with good people. Try to live each day mindfully.
Here are some of my ‘me time’ in pictures below: