MUSIC IS LIFE

There’s no question as to whether or not musicians lead a busy lifestyle. With rehearsals, shows, touring and music creation, it can be easy to let your health take a back seat. However, ignoring your health is only going to impact your creativity. Not only will you lose traction during each recovery, but you can develop some long-term issues.

Get Good Sleep

Getting a proper amount of sleep can be quite tricky, especially if you’re on the road. However, getting a good night’s sleep allows you to

  • Think clearer
  • Avoid injury
  • Feel less stressed and anxious
  • Be in a better mood

Without proper rest, your mind can’t entirely focus and digest music. You should listen to your body. If you’re feeling drained, have an early night. Make sleep a priority to reach your full potential as a musician!

“If you want to build up your body, head to the gym. If you want to exercise your brain, listen to music.”

There are few things that stimulate the brain and our emotions the way music does. If you want to keep your brain engaged listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout, it can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.

The Brain-Music Connection

“Experts are trying to understand how our brains can hear and play music. A stereo system puts out vibrations that travel through the air and somehow get inside the ear canal. These vibrations tickle the eardrum and are transmitted into an electrical signal that travels through the auditory nerve to the brain stem, where it is reassembled into something we perceive as music.”

Everyday Brain Boosts from Music

The power of music isn’t limited to interesting research. Try these methods of bringing more music—and brain benefits—into your life.

Jump-start your creativity

New music challenges the brain in a way that old music doesn’t. It might not feel pleasurable at first, but that unfamiliarity forces the brain to struggle to understand the new sound.

Listen to your body

Pay attention to how you react to different forms of music, and pick the kind that works for you. What helps one person concentrate might be distracting to someone else, and what helps one person unwind might make another person jumpy.

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Hydrate

Hydration isn’t just crucial for singers, but for all musicians!

Staying hydrated:

  • Improves physical performance.
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Improves endurance
  • Improves cognitive thinking
  • Prevents headaches
  • Protects against disease/illness

Protect Your Ears

A musician’s ears are invaluable! It’s essential to protect them by maintaining healthy levels of volume day in day out.

Exercise

If you have personal fitness goals, your amount of exercise will differ, but we are recommending a starting point of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Just like sleep and hydration, exercise

  • Improves your mood and decreases feelings of anxiety and stress
  • Builds and maintains healthy muscles and bones, therefore preventing injury
  • Increases energy levels
  • Reduces the risk of disease and illness
  • Improves brain function and memory
  • Enhances relaxation and sleep quality Watch What You Eat Musicians are notorious for missing meals or grabbing fast food in the late night hours. Do your best to develop a regular eating pattern, avoid late night meals, and work in foods that give you energy. These foods will improve your focus and help you get through the day without feeling sluggish or drained. Some foods that have been proven to help promote energy levels are
  • Bananas
  • Brown Rice
  •  Sweet Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Apples
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Avocados
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Beans
  • Popcorn
  • Leafy Green Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Salmon
  • Chicken

Eating this way may require a little bit of meal prep but the benefits outweigh the inconvenience.

Remember listen to your body and do what makes you comfortable and the most successful.

Stay musical!

 

Basil Reynolds

Coaching Consultant

Finding the Music Inside