Practice Tip #7: Give Yourself a Break

7. Give Yourself a Break in the learning process, and particularly if you're preparing for something big. Yes, you need to learn your music inside & out so you can sing/play it by heart, but you also need to give your brain and emotions a break so you can enjoy what you're doing and make sure stress doesn't sidetrack you. Some suggestions I've heard from professionals of all levels over the years:

  • Read a good book or watch a movie to be transported to someplace completely different

  • Run, walk, jog, bike, hike, or do other cardio exercise to unload your brain

  • Laugh hard: nothing feels better than a good belly laugh!

  • Give thanks for the opportunity to make music and for what you're able to do at a given time

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