Why recovery from Covid-19 requires a shift in thinking

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This week, whilst on a Zoom call for work, a colleague openly talked about their experience whilst a family member is being treated in hospital for Covid-19. They explained the severity of isolation for everyone involved but also their concerns and questions for what life might look like for anyone who has been treated for this virus and thankfully recovered.

This got us both thinking — people will have experienced complete isolation when at their most vulnerable and will be coming to terms with not only the physical after effects of the disease but the psychological and emotional ones too…

The power of tuning back into who we really are, and being open enough to realise that the mind and body are not separate things.

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In western culture, when it comes to our health and wellbeing, we like to separate things; mental health from physical health, emotions from physical experiences, muscles from bones, organs from the rest of the body…

But the truth is our bodies and minds are intimately connected. So is considering them separately really that helpful in the long term?

I am a Dance Artist by day and so the human body is an integral part of…

Taking back control and building resilience

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Recently I’ve been listening to podcasts, particularly on long car journeys and as a way to spend time for myself.

This week there seems to be a similar theme amongst the episodes I’ve listened to and this comment from one of them has really stayed with me:

Your thoughts are things.

We all have thousands of thoughts running through our brains every day. And, for me, some days it feels like these thoughts are a complex tapestry of emotions, ideas, decisions, and responsibilities that flows continuously on a journey out of my control. This means I often feel anxious, and…

Taking time to notice those around us can change our lives for the better.

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As I came through the airport arrivals hall in Malaga, Spain, a couple of weeks ago I saw two people share the happiest embrace – it seems this was the first time they had seen each other in a long time.

They hugged each other with such emotion, almost jumping up and down, their faces beaming with joy.

As I walked past them I couldn’t help but smile. I felt happier just witnessing it. There is something so special about moments like this.

Yes, they have nothing to do with me, and I have no idea who these people are…

It’s all just life if you allow it to be.

‘Work-life balance’ is talked about a lot.

So many of us are constantly striving to find this ‘balance’; existing on a never ending journey of ways to do less work and have more ‘life’.

There’s all sorts of opinions on what it means too, with other terms such as ‘work-life integration’ or ‘work-life alignment’ being favoured by some instead.

We seem to be constantly striving for ways to have more fun, do the things that actually mean something to us and generally be happier.

So, surely that can’t include work, right?

The majority of us spend a significant part of…

Removing assumptions and opening our minds to difference.

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If, like me, people perceive you to be the kind of person ‘who wouldn’t hurt a fly’ or someone who naturally wants to help others, it can sometimes be tricky to be taken seriously when it comes to being a leader.

Many people would describe me as ‘gentle’ – including lots of my closest friends and family – and when they do, they mean it with positivity, respect, and it’s part of what they love about me.

But what about professional situations?

What happens when those you work with perceive you as…

And how to embrace it.

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We no longer need to fear arguments,
confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide,
and out of their crashing, new worlds are born.
Today I know: This is LIFE!

Every day we come across situations that feel uncomfortable, and often what feels like the best way to resolve them is whichever way removes our feelings of vulnerability as quickly as possible.

As Charlie Chaplin so eloquently explains in this closing verse of his poem, As I Began to Love Myself, life is made up of all sorts of different…

What the next Drag Superstars can teach us all and why we should pay attention.

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A few months ago I caught the end of the finale of this year’s RuPaul’s Drag Race whilst visiting a friend. I’d been meaning to watch this TV show for a REALLY long time (to be honest, I’m a bit embarrassed that it has taken me this long!). Anyway, I was immediately hooked — the sheer commitment by each Queen to their lip sync performances and overall artistry blew me away. Not to mention RuPaul’s undeniable authenticity, intellect, warm-heartedness and creativity.

I felt as if…

It’s is not just about your future health — dance is part of who you are already.

Woman smiling and lifting her arms up in a group of happy people.
Woman smiling and lifting her arms up in a group of happy people.
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Dancing can improve your fitness — yes

Dancing is fun and can make you feel happy — yes

Dance is great as a social activity — yes

Dance is great for your brain — yes

Anyone can dance — yes, absolutely!

BUT that’s not all!

In recent years we’ve seen a (very welcome) rise in awareness amongst wider society of the benefits of dance for health and wellbeing.

Finally dance is being taken seriously by scientists, doctors, and other health professionals on a…

Photo of Sam — blog writer
Photo of Sam — blog writer

Hello there!

I’m Sam. I live in West Yorkshire (UK) with my husband and two cats. I’m a dancer, and now a blogger too — this is my first ever blog!

I’m venturing on a mission to help fellow women and creative types live happier, more connected lives by sharing what I’ve learnt and experienced in my 13+ years as a professional Dance Artist.

Want to learn ways to relax through movement?

Want to feel more confident in your own skin?

Feel like you’ve got a lot on your plate?

Have an inner dancer waiting to get out?

Then this blog is for you!

Over the next few months you can be sure to find a blog full of tips, thoughts and experiences centred around dance, wellbeing, empathy, collaboration, gratitude, health, creativity and risk taking, all thrown in with a bit of info on my latest Netflix obsession (RuPaul’s Drag Race anyone?), and love of all things fun.

To get us started, here’s a bit of info about me…

My job basically means I get…

Samantha McCormick

Dance Artist writing to help make sense of the world one step at a time.

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