Between the change in seasons, the onset of flu season, and a constant onslaught of sick classmates coming to school and sneezing near your books, it’s inevitable that at some point in the next few months, you’ll probably come down with a little something.
But just because you’re sick doesn’t mean the rest of the world goes on pause. So while you’re hacking and post-nasal-dripping, your classes carry on as scheduled, and your rehearsals and competitions go on without you.
When it comes to being sick, how much can you push through, and when should you take a step back? Here’s a simple guide…
If it’s allergies. Take it a little easier than normal, but allergies are OK to work through.
If it’s just a headache. Give it a try—you may feel better afterward—but back off at signs of the headache getting worse. If it’s a migraine, dance class is a no-go!
If it’s congestion “above the neck.” You’re probably OK to dance, but go easy. Like extra easy.
If it’s in your chest. Nope. Physical activity isn’t going to help your cause. Back to bed! Similarly, if your snot is green (versus clear or light yellow), you’re sick. Stay home.
If you have a fever. Definitely not. Working out through a fever will make you worse. Trust.
If it’s your stomach. Stay home. Stick by the bathroom. And make an extra effort to stay hydrated. Vomiting and diarrhea do not belong in the dance studio!
If you’re achy. Best not to push it. Dance won’t help with these types of aches and pains. Cue the Netflix!
If you’re contagious. You know the answer. Stay home! Don’t go to the studio and “just sit in the corner and watch,” and don’t go to school. People understand—it literally happens to everyone! Don’t risk spreading the yuck.
When in doubt, check it out. You don’t want to make yourself sicker and cause further setbacks, and you definitely don’t want to be “That Girl” who infects the rest of the class. Oftentimes, we get sick because we’re run down and our bodies are trying to fight off infections. Give your body the rest it’s clearly craving and you’ll come back sooner and stronger!