The Lakeland cheerleading competition season is a time wrought with a lot of stress and excitement. For first timers, this is the first time you’ll be performing your stunts and routines in front of the large crowd, and that’s definitely something to be excited about. However, for the uninitiated, you have to know, this period of time is one that’s going to be stressful and exhausting. Between balancing cheer practice, classes, and personal relationships, you’re going to feel like there’s no time for yourself.
You’re definitely going to be upping your practice hours to the point where you can probably pull off the stunts in your sleep. It’ll get to the point where you’ll be in peak physical performance, but you must never disregard your mental health. Remember that burnout is a very real concern, and if you push yourself any further, your physical health will suffer, and you might have to miss out on the competitions. So here are some ways that you can manage yourself during the cheer competition season.
Get enough rest
When trying to balance all of the aspects of your life, you may get the feeling that life would be a lot easier if you didn’t need any sleep. So you try to cut down on your sleep hours just to get everything done and supplement your day with a litre of caffeine just to get you going. This is not a good thing to do, especially long term.
Your body needs that rest, especially as an athlete, so that it has the time to recuperate both physically and mentally. Don’t rely on the weekends to try to catch up on sleep, maintain a consistent sleeping schedule that you can stick to for the entire week. Your body needs all the rest that it can get to properly function.
Eat the right kind of food
You need the right kind of food in order to make sure that you can continue to perform at your best. You need fuel to make sure that your body is performing both mentally and physically. Avoid junk food and fast food, especially during this time when your body needs everything in order for you to deliver your best cheer performance. Make sure you eat clean food like fruits, vegetables, healthy carbohydrates, meats and fish. Eat a properly balanced meal that has all of the nutrients that your body will need.
Manage your time well
Overall, the best way to make sure that you don’t get overwhelmed by all the things that you have to do is by managing your time well. Don’t let one aspect of your life take precedence over all of the others. Balance your time, and try to incorporate one aspect into another. For example, you can listen to a recorded lecture while working out. As long as you know how to use your time wisely, nothing is too much for you.