Your Winter Survival Guide

The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter’s Tale. Photo by Johan Persson.

We're now in the middle of the winter season (and as those of you in the Northeast know, possibly heading into our first snowstorm of the year). The drop in temperature and change in weather can affect everything from your mood to the foods you're most likely to reach for. Here are some of our best tips for staying healthy as you navigate the winter months:

  1. When you leave a rehearsal at 5 pm and it's already getting dark outside, it can feel downright depressing. But a few simple tricks can help you fight off the winter blues.

  1. Wintertime also means audition season. Having a clear idea of what to eat before a nerve-racking audition means less added stress the day of. And don't forget to stay hydrated! It's just as important this time of year as during the hot summer months.

  1. No one wants to get sidelined by a cold in the middle of a busy season. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, and try these three immune-boosting foods to keep you feeling (and dancing) your best.

  1. It's tempting to hibernate indoors and fill up on comfort food after a long rehearsal, but be careful not to overdo it. Research shows that heavy, high-fat meals could make you sluggish in the studio, especially when combined with stress.

  1. Ultimately, you can use even the dreariest weather to your advantage. As one study suggests, it's a great opportunity to improve your dancing—you'll be less distracted by the desire to be outside, and your studio time will be more productive.

 

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