How To Dance When You’re Sick

After a long hiatus, I am returning to this blog with a post explaining why I have been gone for so long!  The answer …sickness.  We all deal with it, and especially during intense, lengthy rehearsal or performance periods, it can be quite hard to deal with.

What seems a minor disability for a short-term period of time, a cold, cough, or sore throat… can have a big influence on you as a dancer.

I had not been feeling well starting Thursday two weeks ago…it turned into a full blown sickness  and it is still going on!  It was a killer cold …but I’m thankful I won’t be having it during my upcoming performances! The worst seems to be over.

But, enough about me. Let’s use this as a platform to talk about how to dance when you’re sick!

Yes, You’re Hearing it Again

Rest, friend!  That is what will make the real difference.  If you haven’t noticed my long break from posts here for the past three weeks or so, and my very annoyingly sporadic newsletters (I’m very sorry!), that’s why.  Take it easy, because you need to spend all of your energy doing your best for your school work or for your dancing.

Drinking lots of fluids is more beneficial than you know.  It is essential to drink a lot when you are sick. There are many ways to increase the benefits of drinking water, though:

  • Protein powder – I like throwing some in my water to make it taste better, and also to get solid nutrients in (protein powder has calories, too!) if I don’t have much of an appetite.
  • Infusers – It’s simple to throw in some strawberries or oranges into a water infuser and make it much more enjoyable to drink!
  • Fruits and vegetables – Take advantage of foods, like celery, that have a high water a high percentage of water.  If you don’t feel like drinking any more, foods with high water content can help you out!

Watch Your Medicine

Many people assume that cold medicine makes you feel better no matter what. The truth is each is designed differently with specific goals in mind.  Most cold medicines are actually designed to make your nose run more, and then you will be cleared out (gross, right?), and your nose will stop running.  But, that process takes a while…so taking one of these directly before going onstage may not do you any good!  I’d leave about 1 to 2 hours before your nose clears up.

Also, don’t get used to drowning out your sickness in medicine. It’s important that your body feels and understands what’s going on so you can treat it properly.  If it’s turning into an infection, you will want to know!

Natural remedies are a good substitute for this problem.  Herbal teas, such as an echinacea tea, are great in helping your immune system fight the cold.  Teas with licorice content, though I think they’re disgusting, really help, too.

Energy and Food

When you’re sick and have to (struggle through) dance, your energy levels are often very low, which can affect your performance drastically.  Below are some good food items you can turn to that will help get your energy high without botching your health and possibly making your cold worse:

  • Sweet potato – It is shown to boost your immune system’s power, and it is also healthy and filled with energy, too.
  • Turmeric – It’s easy to put on anything, or in a smoothie, and your sickness will (not) love it!
  • Salmon – This fish is full of protein, and its immune-boosting contents are great for your cold.

I hope this helps some of you, and see you next week (hopefully…unless I get pinkeye.)

3 thoughts on “How To Dance When You’re Sick

  1. Great post!

    I’m glad you led with “Rest, friend!” That seems to be the hardest thing for us to do as dancers (I know it is for me!). And any excuse to eat sweet potatoes is good in my book 😀

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