Passion for Dance Podcast - Ep. 156 - Mental Toughness
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Ep. 156 – Mental Toughness

Episode 156: Teaching Your Dancers Mental Toughness and How to Take Corrections


Do you feel like it's getting harder and harder to challenge your dancers and hold them to a high standard without hurting their feelings or being seen as a mean coach? When I talk to dance educators, many of them express this internal conflict where they want to push their dancers for more and help them see the value of hard work, but they might be scared of nasty parent phone calls, worried about being fired, and have a genuine fear of harming the dancers they care so much about. I understand the stress and fear, and I also appreciate the desire to recognize mental health.

In today's episode, I’ll be sharing the difference between mental health and mental toughness so that you can be the teacher that is able to create happier, more successful dancers through mental skills. We’ll talk about how mental health and mental toughness go hand in hand, and I’ll share a few strategies to help you help your dancers build mental toughness. I hope this episode helps you see that it is possible to teach our dancers to be mentally tough while also protecting their wellbeing!

“Not all negative emotions are bad. And in fact, we need them. We need to learn how to handle them. Mental toughness allows for people who are functioning well to actually continue to grow and be a high-functioning athlete, achieving their best possible performance, and you can be the coach who supports your athlete's growth on and off the floor, teaching them mental toughness without harming their mental health because mental health and mental toughness are two separate ideas.”

Dr Chelsea

Key Highlights –

  • [3m 26s] – The Difference Between Mental Health and Mental Toughness
  • [6m 19s] – Mental Toughness and Mental Health Go Hand in Hand[7m 53s] – Strategies to Building Mental Toughness

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