It's no secret that dancers can be perfectionists, and when you're working through the nuances of a demanding new role or juggling an above-average busy schedule, that type of self-discipline and attention to detail has its benefits.
But there's also such a thing as being too hard on yourself, and research published in the journal Health Psychology found that practicing self-compassion, and accepting yourself without judgment even in negative situations, is linked to better overall health behaviors.
Sometimes we're our own biggest critics. But the next time you make a mistake in a performance or stumble over a combination in class, remember that we can all benefit from easing up on ourselves once in a while. It doesn't mean you're not holding yourself to high standards—but it may mean you're cultivating a healthier lifestyle that will help your dancing in the long run.