We all have bad days, and it’s hard to keep a level head
when you’re just not up for it. Sometimes, cheerleaders have to perk up and
perform–no matter how they feel–for the sake of their team, their school, and
their community. It’s all about getting the job done with a smile! However,
there are other times when you, as a cheerleader, have to swallow your cheer
pride a little to not rain on someone’s parade. Whether you’re trying to stay
cool when your coach gives props to another teammate for stuff that you do too,
or it’s another school’s big event at your Friday night away game, cheerleaders
have to remain positive and poised. So, if you feel that you’re gradually
slipping into a sour mood, here are some tricks you can play in your mind to
not rain on someone’s parade.
1. Find your happy
place. This sounds obvious (and even a little silly), but it helps to
mentally remove yourself from a tense situation for a moment to think about
other things. Clear your head. By doing so, your emotions have time to subside
while you get a more calm state of mind. Silently counting backwards from ten
and taking deep breaths will also help you keep your cool when you want to
speak up or take action. What you need to realize is that taking the high road
usually means you have to leave your comments at the door.
2. Stay out of the spotlight. If the
home team is having a ceremonious night or a special school event, it’s not
your place–as visiting cheerleaders–to take attention away from that school.
Or, perhaps you’re at a competition and didn’t win; let the winning team get
all the glory!! By standing out during these times, you not only ruin the good
times of others, but also stand out as a sore loser or a snob. Cheerleaders are
better than that, so it’s best to remember your role for the greater good of
your team. And, you’d better believe that you’ll get an earful from your coach
if you try to pull a stunt instead of turning the other cheek when these
situations arise–pun intended.
3. Make an effort to
smile more. By reminding yourself to put a smile on your face, you will
actually catch yourself when your smile starts to fade… or leave altogether.
Scowling on sidelines never looks becoming of a team, and anticipation of cheer
competitions can make you look PO’d on the mat versus stoked to be there–and
nobody likes an angry cheerleader! Buck up, let go of any animosity you might
be holding on to, and start flashing those pearly whites more! Smiling is
contagious, and it’s your job to spread it around. Plus, people will notice
that you’re upbeat when others are being recognized, which ultimately shows
How else can
cheerleaders keep from raining on others’ parades? What tricks do you do to
keep you in a good mood? Tell us in the comments!