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"Dancing affords many benefits but also provides many challenges. Dancers need support from people who understand their passion and can help them manage the demands of dancing. A strong support network contributes to a dancer’s success, health, and sense of well-being." Learn more about how to support dancers as they navigate the benefits and challenges of dance, in HDC's resource Providing Support to Dancers.
"A simple yet effective way to manage anxious feelings is to use the breath. Take 1 to 2 very slow, deep breaths into the abdomen to the count of 1-2-3-4, hold for 1-2, and breathe out 1-2-3-4. This will elicit a relaxation response that counteracts the physical symptoms, and produces a relaxation response in the brain. It may be necessary to repeat the breathing cycle a few times, with regular breathing cycles in between, to achieve an adequate response. It is important to breathe evenly and slowly. If you feel yourself getting lightheaded, slow your breathing down even more."
Interested in more tools to manage stress? Check out HDC's resource 10 Stress Management Tools for Your Dance Bag.
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