Competing at Nationals is the culmination of an entire season of hard training, rehearsing, and performing. Whether you’re taking your solo to a local event or you’re jetting cross-country with your entire competition team, there’s a huge buildup to this season-ending event.
And while Nationals will surely be the high point of your dance year, that inevitably leads to one very overwhelming feeling: The post-Nationals blues. Yes, it’s a real thing!
After any big, exciting, major life event has come and gone, it’s normal to feel justifiably sad. You spent all this time working toward and looking forward to something, and now it’s over. Huge bummer.
But instead of feeling super sad, try to remember the wise old Pinterest-worthy adage: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” With that, here are five more ways to battle the post-Nationals blues.
1. Get some serious rest. How much did you sleep while you were away at Nationals? Five hours a night, max? Competitions run late into the night and convention classes kick off early in the morning, so we’re guessing sleep wasn’t a high priority during your Nationals experience. Now it’s time to catch up! Make getting your body back on a regular schedule a priority. Plus, it’s summer vacation! Tuck into bed at a reasonable hour, get some extra shut-eye in the morning, and don’t shy away from an afternoon nap (by the pool, anyone? just remember sunscreen, of course, and nap in the shade). The last thing you want is to go into the new dance season feeling exhausted, so use this downtime wisely and prioritize getting healthy.
2. Treat yo’ self! Now’s the time to cash in that birthday gift certificate you got for a massage, pedicure, or sweet new outfit (we have a few in mind…). Spend some time with your foam roller or foot massage tools, take care of those calluses, and maybe even get a haircut! Go crazy!
3. FaceTime and SnapChat with all your new friends from Nationals. Reliving the best memories you made never quite gets old. Hit up YouTube to watch videos from the competition, or scour old videos from the top studios you were up against. Relish in the past, but start getting excited and inspired for what’s to come (big things, we’re sure!).
4. Don’t go back to the studio until you’re ready. You may have commitments to get back to—summer intensives, camps, early rehearsals or auditions—but if not, wait to get back to class until you’re really ready. You’ve put your body through a lot and it’s so important to recover properly before getting back at it. It’s normal to come off Nationals on a major high, feeling excited and inspired to try new tricks and choreography, but let yourself chill for a while. You don’t want to end up burnt out—or worse, injured—before the new season even starts.
5. Be a goal digger! Start dreaming big for the 2015–16 season. What do you want to accomplish? What are your hopes and dreams? How will you accomplish them? Don’t just dream your dreams—write them down and pursue them. And go big!