‘Tis the season… for stress! With school, dance and other activities back in full swing, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the chaos of new schedules and expectations. Looking for a little encouragement this month? Check out Turning Pointe’s Top 5 tips for avoiding “Fall Overwhelm.”
1. Be Prepared
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.” —Luke 12:35
Being prepared will have a positive and powerful effect on you and your dancer. Simple things like packing your dance bag, laying out dance clothes or packing dance snacks the night before can be helpful, as can arriving to class early, and jotting down events or due dates as soon as they’re known. Want to double check the details? Everything you need to be prepared can be found on our website, including important dates, dress codes, office hours and FAQs.
2. Pray About It
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:6-7
When the busy schedules and many details of a new season seem like too much, cast your cares on Him—He cares for YOU! (1 Peter 5:7) Need a little encouragement? Spend some time in the Word, inquire at the front desk about becoming a member of the Turning Pointe Prayer Team, or simply find a member of the TP staff. We’re always happy to pray with you!
3. Keep A Dance Journal
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” —2 Timothy 1:7
Help yourself or your dancer feel confident heading to class each week by starting and keeping a dance journal. Write down corrections from class, things to practice at home, the monthly scripture, choreography or tricky combinations, goals for the year and any important announcements right after class. Looking for inspiration? Check out these tips for starting your dance journal from our very own Miss Moriah.
4. Use Your Resources
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” —Proverbs 11:14
Details can be overwhelming, but Turning Pointe is here to help! Communication is key, and we’re persistent in our efforts to make sure you feel fully informed. In addition to our website, make sure you check out each month’s important announcements (they’re posted on the outside of each classroom door!), check your email and read our weekly Wednesday newsletter, and take advantage of our friendly and knowledgeable front desk staff. If you aren’t receiving your newsletter, log in to your DanceWorks account to ensure we have your current and correct email address (and don’t forget to check your spam folder!).
5. Be Intentional
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” —Exodus 9:16
Each month, Turning Pointe chooses a word and a scripture to focus our hearts and minds in the classroom. Throughout September, we’re praying over “intention.” (Read more about that here.) As we welcome a new dance season, and eagerly await the work He has in store, we invite you to join us in setting your intentions and approaching each stressful detail with a heart of gratitude. When we’re intentional about putting God above all else, we will follow Him and live free of worry. (Matthew 6:33)