We all know how hectic things can get here at Berklee.
One minute you're rushing to class, wondering if that melody you wrote for your harmony homework is really lydian.
Next, you're off to a rehearsal with one band, but you have to leave a few minutes early, because you have a gig to get to afterwards with another.
You're finally in bed around 5 in the morning, but you don't fall asleep before setting your alarm for 8 - so that you can make it into work by 9am.
And that's just Mondays.
We are fortunate to be at a school that fosters an environment in which people have an incredible work ethic, incredible drive, incredible passion, incredible determination and persistence. Sometimes as artists we are willing to sacrifice our well-being for the sake of our work. We let our own passion get the best of us because somehow, along the way, we have equated the success of our art to our self-worth.
Obviously, this mentality can become self-destructive very quickly.
If we fail to take care of our physical bodies, the other parts of us will suffer as a result as well.
Remember to incorporate relaxation into your schedule. I'm not talking about procrastination or binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix or Hulu.
Real relaxation that helps nourish your brain and your body, so that you can truly recharge and infuse this new energy into your music and art.
By taking a few minutes out of your day to eliminate any current stress, you help your body and mind release any residual stress later throughout the day.