Now that the year is at an end you may feel a bit down, a bit low or you may experiencing, what we will call, Post Physie Blues.
You have experienced the high of performing and, possibly, experienced the added high of experiencing success in competitions either as a student or teacher. You work intensely and often for many months before competitions. Then, life crashes back to “normal”. You may be feeling a bit lost or even down. What do you do when this happens?
Enjoy Reliving The Moment
First and foremost, enjoy celebrating the success you have achieved! Even if the results were not all you had hoped for, allow yourself some time to recognise what you have accomplished! You have invested physically, emotionally and financially in this journey. It’s OK to stop for a while and ponder your achievements. Enjoy them! Share photos (or make a photo album), meet with friends who also have a passion for physie or journal your experience so you will be able to look back on your perspective in years to come.
Don’t Underestimate The Importance Of Looking After Yourself
Now, don’t get me wrong! This is absolutely the time to enjoy a treat or two but be mindful to maintain a healthy diet, a good night’s rest and keep moving! Your mental health is intrinsically linked to your physical health. Ensure your well being is a priority at this time.
If you didn’t plan to reward yourself earlier in the year, it’s not too late to make the call! In the new year, consider planning a reward for after your next competition season. Perhaps save a few dollars a week in advance to make it possible. This could be anything you choose from a new dress, a massage, a new haircut, an outing or experience such as the theatre or hot air balloon ride!
Spend Time With Family And Friends
During your time of preparation it is likely you had sacrifices to make when it came to spending time with friends and family. Now is the time to reconnect and enjoy time with your loved ones! Get to the beach, go on that coffee date, take the art class or head to the movies to combat those post physie blues.
Regroup and Reflect
Especially if you are a teacher, be sure to get together with your team and reflect on what worked well, what you can improve on in the new year and enjoy some time together. After all, the busyness will undoubtedly be upon you once again in the near future! If you haven’t had the chance to do so, why not take a few moments to answer these questions in our post “A Time For Reflection: 6 questions to ask yourself at the end of the physie year”.
Plan For The Future
If you are keen to set goals for the next 12 months, go for it! Perhaps the best is yet to come!? Set your goals, purchase a diary or tracker, make an action plan and get excited! Use the passion you have to your advantage.
Focus Your Mind
If the “Physie Blues” are getting the better of you, don’t allow your mind to think negatively. Focus on the positive by listening to a great podcast, watching an inspirational movie or becoming educated on a specific skill you want to improve on. Take classes that support physie such as Pilates or Barre Classes.
Remember to count your blessings! You have achieved fantastic things and get to enjoy this amazing sport. You most likely know some incredible people who support and encourage you. Finally, we live in an incredible country where we have the freedom and resources to dream, to work towards our goals and to experience the beautiful moments we do! Overcome the post physie blues by being grateful and don’t forget to keep your chin up!