The Beginning of the End

A photo of Killian Weston.

The end of the indoor season is a whirlwind every year, yet it always seems to come out of nowhere. Coping with the home stretch can be difficult, but here are ways to make it easier.

Stay Healthy

Ideally, you would have been taking precautions with your health all season, but this time of year is when I usually see the most illnesses and injuries. Regardless of your role, make sure that you’re maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep to function at your best.

It’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits when stress hits, but you’ll feel less stressed and be less likely to get hurt or sick if you’re not sleep-deprived and have given your body the fuel it needs.

If you do get injured or sick, get treated as soon as possible rather than waiting to see if it gets worse.

Look Back

Don’t forget to take time to reflect! As you approach the end of the season, you may find yourself wrapped up in fixing what’s not working or what’s going wrong, but focusing entirely on the negatives denies you the chance to take pride in the season’s growth.

This part of the season is a time of last-minute adjustments, endless repetitions to perfect choreography and performance, and anticipation of circuit and WGI Sport of the Arts championships. While there’s still room to grow, take a moment amidst the flurry of final rehearsals to appreciate how far you’ve come already. This reflection can be a needed reminder of why you’re breaking down that choreography for the thousandth time or make you see your struggles in a different light.

Regardless of how your season has gone so far, the end is likely to be the busiest part. Staying on top of your health and reminding yourself how far you’ve come can help make it a little easier.

About author

Killian Weston

Killian Weston is a color guard instructor and designer in southeast Michigan. She began performing with her high school marching band in 2002 and continued with college marching band and collegiate winter guard. She has taught several guard units and is a prospective judge in the Michigan Color Guard Circuit.