HDC member, serving on the Board of Directors, Jo-Anne La Flèche's authored The Silence After the Applause, recently published on The Dance Current online magazine. Read it here!
"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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