and Broadway, but are not trained to deal with such a tragic event. It can understandably cause you to feel
anxious, worrisome, and depressed, especially if you don’t have a strategic plan for dealing effectively with the
As bad as that was for the traders on Wall Street, the present conditions are worse for musicians. All of those
terrible events happened in a short span of time. After that, it was mainly about recovering from the attack and
repairing the damage done. Unfortunately, you are just starting to experience the potential damage, It’s going to
get worse and it won’t end soon. Many things are going to be out of your control, no matter what you do.
However, for the time being, you need to focus on what you can control, which is your response to the situation.
meantime, here’s what I will suggest for not only surviving the ordeal, but growing and even thriving as a result of it. You have a choice. A few months from now, you could be much better as a musician or you could be an out of shape musician. It will depend on your mindset and how you approach the unexpected time off from your usual gigs.
If you fall into a self-pity or victim mentality, which is really easy to do right now, you will feel helpless. You won’t
be able to deal well with the situation. That will cause you to become more anxious, depressed, and zap your
energy. You won’t feel like practicing, and your skills will deteriorate, causing real damage. You do not want to
allow that to happen. You need an effective approach to the current situation with a plan of action.
navigate through the extra time that you’ll have. You should also establish specific goals to accompany those
The long term goal is to play better than you do right now. Arrange for a performance online at the end of each
month to demonstrate your progress to your friends and fans. You should also set weekly goals for your practice, with a recorded, solo performance at the end of the week to monitor your progress. On a daily basis, one of the best things to do is establish and follow a routine in the morning soon after you get up.
quickly get your energy flowing after you wake up, make your body more supple, and hopefully put you in a good mood. It involves getting up a little early, but you have the time now. I’d recommend that you begin the routine tomorrow morning.
body’s metabolism. Within a few minutes, splash cold water vigorously in your face at least 7 times. This will shock your nervous system and release adrenaline into your bloodstream. That will wake you up right away. Or, you can take a short, cool shower (not cold). The discomfort will release endorphins, which will make you feel better, especially after you turn the water off.
can do the first part of the routine indoors. Get your body supple by stretching slowly, and then increase your
heart rate by about 20% by climbing stairs, doing jumping jacks, or jogging in place. However, it’s better to start by going outside. The fresh air and direct natural light will signal your body and brain that it’s time to wake up. Stretch slowly and then take a brisk walk or jog for at least 20 minutes. As you do, breathe deeply.
on your mind. Decide on the most important things for you to do during the day. Write them out and then imagine yourself accomplishing them. Be grateful for the opportunity you have to improve, and count your blessings that you are healthy.
take long for you to realize how effective it can be to get you off to an energized start, in the right frame of mind
and with an uplifted emotional state. You need to commit to doing your Morning Routine every day of the week
except Sunday. That’s when you need to recover and get ready for the next week. In addition to your morning routine and daily practice, there are other productive uses of the extra time you have.
This is a good time to schedule Skype lessons, catch up on emails, texts, phone calls, and unfinished projects
around the house. You want to keep active during this time and not become a couch potato. Find new rep to work on, get your instrument in good shape, or improve your practice environment.
months you can also catch up on books that you’ve been meaning to read, movies you’ve wanted to watch, and
touch base with friends and loved ones, without actual contact. Also remember to schedule pleasurable down time for yourself, and try to keep your sense of humor. I hope you stay safe and positive during this time.
Dr. Don Greene is offering stress counseling to performing artists at a discounted rate. Please visit this link for
more information: www.winningonstage.com/covid19.