7 Self-Care Activities for Musicians
7 Self-Care Activities for Musicians
Even though we’re on overdrive—since we feel as if we’ve lost sooo many years toward our goals—we know that the fundamental principle of taking care of one’s self (mentally and physically) is the key to any outward success. It is in support of that idea that we are sharing some of the ways to best make sure that, as an artist, business person, performer, you stop and take care of yourself even while pursuing your creative vision.
Growing our social media reach from 700 Facebook friends to reaching over 10k friends/followers/viewers on 7 different platforms has taken consistent daily effort. Managing 2 creative businesses (the blog—and associated efforts—and the music publishing company) requires could require every waking hour of every waking day. However, we have found that if we don’t stop and take care of living life and sharing time with loved ones (see why we do what we're doing), taking care of our bodies, and enjoying things like holidays and long walks, we are not at our peak mental state to be able to do what we want and, subsequently, what needs to be done to get what we want. (see the Vision Board D.I.Y.). So even though we are relentlessly creating and distributing ideas and products, we make sure to take the time to fill up our physical and emotional tank by engaging in these self-care practices regularly.
Part of what keeps our empire up and running is that we find the time to do some form of these every week without fail. When we don’t, we realize that we are not at our best. Feeling good in our bodies and keeping a good mindset are the keys to being able to do more. Magically, when we are able to do more, we have more success, and when we have more success, we want to do even more.
These are not in any particular order, and be sure these are just a part of what helps fortify us. However, it is a list of some of the most important ones, in our opinion.
1. Take a nap
I know this one seems counter-intuitive. If you’re grinding and needing to get a lot MORE done then how can you afford to take a nap? Well, it has been our experience that sometimes stopping to take that 15 minute cat nap can help us last longer and get more done in the long run. By just taking a little time out when we’re at that crossroads of energy—when we’re at the end of one major mentally-intensive activity and are about to start another—is a good time to look at the list of goals left for that day, strategize on how long it will take, then take a timed nap to re-charge the physical energy to get it done. –Again, it needs to be timed. Taking a 3 hour nap when you have a lot of major shit to get done is only going to make you feel like a slacker and won’t get you to your goal. –However, somehow, figuring out what needs to be done and “sleeping on it” briefly lets my mind start doing the work for me, so that when I arise from my catnap, I am full of ideas and revving to go. We know that there are days when a catnap is NOT possible, but when I have the option, I sure as heck take it and it seems to help me get even more done than when I don’t get one. However, if you can’t take that nap, we recommend the next self-care technique as your stand-in.
2. Alone time
We don’t know about you, but as creative people, we thrive on having some alone-time to re-charge our batteries. Whether it’s a quiet mid-day walk or reading a book during lunch or 10 minutes in the car before heading into a meeting, just having that time to sit, reflect, and be alone helps give us the wherewithal to take charge of whatever that next activity we are faced with. Our mindset suffers when we don’t get that interval of time when you are not required to talk to anyone or think about problems or produce anything in particular. Just enjoying a little quiet, uninterrupted time gets our mental state ready for whatever else comes our way. Again, it is nice substitute for NOT having that 15 minute catnap.
3. Exercise regularly
No matter what business you are in—and the music business is a business just like any other—you need to find a way to get the blood pumping through your veins regularly. We know that it’s counter-intuitive to NEED to move in order to calm the mind, but, magically, it works. When you exercise regularly, you feel more alive, more in control of your body, and, thus, we feel more in control of shaping your own life and path. There’s something about the feeling of conquering your own body that is really powerful. It seems like a small goal—to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day—but what it adds to you is enough to aid your mindset and help you to accomplish amazing things. Sometimes, you can collapse strategies 2 and 3 into one and get your alone time while you exercise, which is a win-win. You will feel refreshed physically and have your alone time. However, you do it, you should do it. We have NEVER met anyone who has said that they don’t feel better about themselves, about their ability to achieve their goals, and about their futures after instituting a regular exercise routine. So, really, find a way to make sure this is withi