3 Reasons You Need A Vacation

When you're a busy dancer, taking a vacation might sound like something you just don't have the time for. Maybe you're worried about falling behind in your technique or getting out of shape. But sometimes taking a few days for yourself (even if it's a "staycation" in your own neighborhood) is the best thing you can do for your dancing. Here are three benefits to take note of:

1. Get happy. Research shows that the benefits of vacation start before you even leave. Simply planning your getaway can help boost your mood. A study published in Applied Research in Quality of Life found that vacationers had the largest increase in happiness during the planning stages, when they were anticipating the trip.

2. Renew your focus. According to one study, taking short breaks while completing a task can greatly improve your ability to focus on that task for longer periods. The thought is that your brain is meant to respond to change, and when you focus on the same thing for a prolonged period, your performance can suffer. Breaking out of your normal training routine for a couple days may help you recharge, and see your ballet goals from a new perspective.

3. Boost creativity. Have you been struggling with choreographer's block lately, or with interpreting your next role? A Dutch study found that exploring a new place and having new experiences while you're there may help get your creativity flowing.

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