Get ready for top performance: Gone is the guilt for taking
nap/meditation breaks! I saw an interview of Jerry Seinfeld. He said
that throughout his career, including the Seinfeld show (a favorite of
mine), he meditated twice a day, every day. He largely credited it with
his success on the show, and in life.
2) Stay healthy! I love
DrWeil.com daily health tips, from Dr. Andrew Weil. They are great! A
recent one cited a study that showed that people who meditate and take
naps daily have lower blood pressure than those who don’t. We have
enough stress being in the music biz… take a nap or meditation break!
Practice better breathing for better singing: I’m sure you have
learned a zillion breathing exercises. Take time to practice them, guilt
free, during your nap or meditation break! One that Dr. Weil and many
others recommend is the 4-7-8 sequence: inhale for 4 counts, hold your
breath for 7 counts, exhale for 8 counts. Inhale through your nose on
this one and exhale through you your mouth, with your tongue behind your
upper teeth on roof of your mouth. Exhale through your mouth, mouth
open, with tongue behind your teeth….Get up refreshed and ready for more
of your day!
I’ve always been a nap/meditation person. I think
it’s because I’ve wanted to fit so much of what I wanted to do in a day,
sports, music, nature. I’ve finally decided that if I want to be on the
go for long hours, a mid-day break, when possible, is a great idea.