This article is more for me. Sorry readers, but sometimes I have to remind myself to take it easy and avoid the music burnout. It's funny how it's so easy to give advice, but it's hard to take our own. I'm hardcore 110% all the way. I'm the kind of person that lives off of 4-5 hours of sleep, always going. I'm constantly pushing myself for weeks at a time. Then after those few weeks I get hit with what I like to call the "body crash" syndrome.
I push myself so hard that I crash and so does my body. I put myself under extreme work conditions with no rest, until eventually I can not physically take the work load. Most of the time this is followed by a trip to the doctor because my immune system is low, which leads to me needing medication to fight the virus that I just got from no rest. It's a vicious cycle.
Bottom Line: I need to slow down and let my music career organically progress.
We live in a time where everything is so instant. We can "google" anything and get an answer instantly. We can "youtube" videos on our phones. Videos made from all over the world, in a matter of seconds. As a society, we are used to things happening quickly. I think this is a great concept, but at the same time, this kind of mentality can destroy us. We want things to happen quickly. That's not the way it happens with music.
Get Plenty of Rest
A lot of musicians out there have other jobs attached music to help pay the bills. Some of us have families to take care of. One of the most challenging things in life is being able to balance all of it. Let's say you work a standard 9-5. You get to work at 9am, leave at 5pm. You're on your way home and get stuck in traffic for up to 20 minutes or more! By the time you get home, it's 6pm. You have 4-5 hours to squeeze in dinner, chores, music, relaxing, etc. It's not a lot of time. You could be crazy like me working on music from 6 – 2 am and getting about 5 hours of sleep, but I'm starting to see that it's not worth it. What's the point of pursuing your career if you're tired and physically drained? Get your rest and enjoy the process of moving your music career forward. You'll be able to appreciate the success more that way.
A Well Rested Mind is More Creative
I do not have to tell you that you need to be focused and keep your energy up when performing. Even writing a new song or planning your next video shoot takes energy. You need to be alert, awake, rested, and most importantly, excited and happy to do all this. When you're mind, body and soul are in balance, the creativity flows like water. When you're tired and cranky it hinders your art.
How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything
You may say to yourself "When I start making money with music I can slow down" or "This will all change if I can just get this record deal". There's a little saying that I heard that rings so true:
"How you do anything is how you do everything"
I love this quote. It's so true !! Whatever you're doing in your life now is exactly how you're going to be doing it in the future, unless you can find ways to change it. Just because you get more money, more fans, and more gigs does not mean things will change. If you have a routine of always pursuing music, never resting and cancelling family dinners, birthdays, and holidays, you'll probably do those same things when you do make it. Now is the time to practice discipline and balance in your life!
Not as Cranky and Emotional
When you're tired, you're cranky. When you're cranky, you're not happy. When you're not happy, you flip out at the smallest little aggravations. The key is to find that balance between being driven and being happy. I'm not saying to be lazy and not to work hard, but what good is success if you're tired, cranky and not enjoying this beautiful life. Think about it …. you're playing music! There are so many people out there that wish they could do what you do. Playing guitar, getting to perform on stage, having people listen to your music … fans! Sit back and look at the big picture. Life is good. Music is good. Things will happen for you if you remember to avoid the music burnout !!