We live in a busy world. Our phones keep us active, the internet cries for our attention, and then there is the demands of family, friends, work and even our music. There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. You might even find you feel stressed.
There are many tips, videos and blogs on the internet giving advice on how to cope with stress. I learnt the hard way how much my health was affected by working maximum hours with limited sleep, so three years ago I started to realign myself and it’s paying off. One of the things I did was to consciously plan breaks in my day and week.
A break can be a few minutes each day where you mentally come away from work. This could be looking at nature, the sky, having a short sleep, doing something creative, but not music. These things will help your brain, which in this regard is like a muscle, to rest, relax and recover, renewing you to do your next job.
A break can be moments taken to deliberately breathe. By doing this, you introduce oxygen into your body and it relaxes the heart. A break can be longer, for example half a day, a full day, or weekend.
Sometimes, you have to rearrange your diary to fit a break in.
Some weeks, I have family commitments which take up more time than I expect. I may also get gigs that need more prep time than allocated. To balance those weeks, I have to decide to not do some tasks so I can have a break. Some times, one of those tasks is writing this blog entries, so going forward, if you don’t hear from me, don’t worry! I’m probably rebalancing my week and I’ll be back to you asap.
I notice 7 things when I take a break, maybe these are the same for you:
1. Feeling calm and relaxed.
2. Better blood pressure.
3. Less angry or agitated with family and friends.
4. Restful sleep.
5. Worrying less.
6. Creative music ideas pop into mind.
7. Ideas on how to do my music business better.
Easter is upon us, so next week, I’m downing my work tools and taking a break. I hope you can plan some time too for you.
Take a break!
You deserve it.