Could every music teacher who's feeling squished right now raise their hand? Picture me with both hands in the air. I love spring but boy, oh boy, when will I learn? Spring is laden, I mean LADEN, with music opportunities, performances and stress.
Last night, I was awake until after midnight..tossing, turning and fretting about my commitments during this month. I'm wondering how on earth I ended up with 3 recitals, 2 board meetings for area music teacher groups, 1 performance of students in Cincinnati and more crammed into this month? I bet you are wondering the same thing related to your commitments.
Feeling squished is real. The holidays and the end of the year are STRESSFUL and exhausting for musicians. How are you taking care of you?
I came up with a list of possible self care activities to survive this season. Maybe the list will spark an idea for you.
- enjoy a cup of herbal tea in the midst of the day. Breathe deeply and relax.
- Limit time on social media--even if posting content for your site/facebook group or blog. It's easy to feel like a failure when you see what others are doing.
- Go weed your flower beds. There's something therapeutic in hard work and being outdoors.
- Sit in the sun for 15-20 minutes and just bask in the warmth.
- Eat well during this time.
- Take long walks.
- Listen to a mindfulness meditation by Jason Stephenson on youtube. They're really good.
My list is not conclusive but it does reflect things that encourage me. Squished is part of our career but it does not have to overwhelm or defeat us.
So grab, that cup of tea, pull up a comfy chair and join me outside for 20 minutes in the beautiful weather. You'll be refreshed and ready to finish the rest of your day.