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& on the 7th day, she rested

Being a performer on the road can be an amazing experience, but it can also be tough on the body and mind. I heard from plenty of performers had several performances this past weekend, or who were traveling long distances to perform, Self-care is crucial for keeping yourself feeling your best while you're on the go. I wanted to offer some practical tips and advice for taking care of yourself as a traveling burlesque performer.

First things first, don't forget to take breaks--which might mean saying 'no'! It's important to give yourself time to rest and recharge, especially after a long show or a lot of traveling.

If you're feeling frazzled, try out some simple meditation techniques to help calm your mind. You could also try taking a warm bath with some essential oils, like lavender or eucalyptus. Or, if you're in the mood for something more active, try going for a walk or a run to clear your head.

Grooming is also a big part of self-care, but it doesn't have to be complicated. A simple skincare routine can work wonders for your skin, even on the road. Make sure to wash your face every night, moisturize, and use sunscreen to protect your skin from UV exposure.

If you're prone to breakouts, try using tea tree oil to spot-treat any pimples that pop up.

To take care of your hair, pack a small bottle of your favorite dry shampoo or curl reviving conditioner and use it as a leave-in treatment to keep your locks looking healthy and shiny.

When it comes to mental health, remember that it's okay to ask for help if you need it. If you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious, try reaching out to a mentor, trusted peer or a find a more traditional therapist for guidance and support. There are also plenty of mental health apps that you can use to track your mood, practice mindfulness, and connect with other people who are going through similar experiences.

Finally, don't forget to take care of your body! Make sure to drink plenty of water, eat nutritious meals, and get enough sleep. Bring along some healthy snacks, like nuts or fruit, to munch on when you're on the go. One of my tricks is to order a meal to-go at the venue, so that even if I can't it and enjoy a moment of nourishment, I know it will be there for me afterwards.

And if you're feeling sore or achy, try using a foam roller or a massage ball to work out any knots in your muscles. Try to prioritize restorative stretches and cardio on your off days, to set yourself up for success on your on days.

In conclusion, self-care is essential for staying healthy and happy as a traveling burlesque performer. Take breaks, prioritize grooming, and remember to take care of your mental and physical health. With a few small changes to your routine, you'll be living la vida BURLESQUE.

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