By definition, burnout means “worn out by excessive or improper use.” This can happen to anyone in any hobby or profession, and it isn’t fun. Burnout can happen to dance teachers when they get hung up on or overly concerned with things that are a small part of what they are doing and trying to accomplish. When you try too hard to compete with other studios or spend too much time worrying about past mistakes, you are taking time and energy to address things that can’t be changed when you should focus on your future successes and accomplishments.
1. Use Only the Best Fuel for Your Body
When you think about it, the most important and most basic way of taking care of yourself in any aspect is making sure that you are being as healthy as you can. Drink more water. Plan your meals. Just, make sure that your body is taken for above anything else because if you are taking care of yourself, you are more likely to feel happy, healthy, and stress-free.
2. Manage Your Time
If you put too much time into things that cannot change or improve, then eventually you will start to fall behind on things that can. Take a look at how you spend your days. Are you spending more time on the future or on the past? If you find that you are giving too much attention to past endeavors or mistakes, reevaluate. You should always be spending more time working forward than looking back.
3. Keep “Self-Talk” Positive
You know that little voice in your head that comments on everything you do? Keep her in check! Make sure that you talk to yourself positively. Conversations with yourself should be used to help yourself grow, not to tear yourself down.
4. Manage Your Priorities
Take a look at the things you are dedicating yourself to right now. Now, sort them into three categories; future, past, and present. Past should be the smallest category – or it shouldn’t exist at all. You want to prioritize your time and spend the most time planning future activities that will benefit you and your students later and working on things that will encourage them now.
5. Learn to Laugh at Yourself
Why so serious? Don’t look at yourself and see your mistakes! See the silly mistakes that you make and laugh at them. They aren’t going to affect where you are going or how things will end up unless you let them.
6. Build a Support System
Getting burnt out might happen. Sometimes, you can’t prevent getting a little overwhelmed, and that’s ok! When this happens, you need to surround yourself with family and friends and things that make you happy. Having a good support system to fall back on will not only help you recover from burnout but also help prevent it in the first place!
7. See Mistakes as Learning Opportunities
If you mess up, try again and use your mistakes as a guide for what you should do differently. Mistakes are not a reason to get upset. They are not a reason to put yourself down. Mistakes are an easy way to see clearly things that you can do better. Learn from your mistakes, but don’t hold onto them.