Stressed and Having Difficulty Getting Out of a Negative Thought Spiral? Here's How (and Why) Mother Nature May Be Able to Help

Stressed and Having Difficulty Getting Out of a Negative Thought Spiral? Here's How Mother Nature May Be Able to Help

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Have you ever found yourself stuck in a negative loop of repetitive thoughts? Like when you mess something up in rehearsal, and start reliving the moment in your head on the drive home. Where it’s like your brain tries to figure out how bad it was (or wasn’t). Which leads to an attempt to interpret the ambiguous look the conductor gave you. And the body language and facial expressions of colleagues around you. As well as the brief interaction…


Need a Break? Here’s a Simple Way to Boost Your Mood and Feel More Refreshed After a Long Week of Practice.

Subscribe to the weekly “audio edition” via iTunes Because it’s, well, 2020, we haven’t done much traveling, whether to visit the grandparents or go on a weekend road trip for one of the kids’ sports things. So the last few weeks, we’ve been living vicariously through the Griswolds’ various vacations in the classic National Lampoon series of movies. Culminating in the recent reboot (which I thought was hilarious even if Rotten Tomatoes says I’m 73% wrong). Of…


Stressed, Anxious, and Feeling a Little Burned Out? Here’s How an “Awe Walk” Could Help.

Stressed, Anxious, and Feeling a Little Burned Out? Here’s How an “Awe Walk” Could Help.

Subscribe to the weekly “audio edition” via iTunes Whether it’s Zoom fatigue, pandemic fatigue, or just that part of the semester where the end is in sight but you’re not sure how you’re going to get there, learning to manage our stress and emotional well-being is an essential, but often neglected skill. One that can not only help us avoid burnout and “bonking” , but help us become more mentally tough, bounce back from adversity, and optimize performance too. That said,…


Having Long-Term Goals Is Important, but Research Suggests That We Should Enjoy the Little Things Too

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Greek philosopher Aristotle once argued that true well-being came from pursuing our best selves. On seeking to become the best versions of ourselves, maximizing our potential and acting in line with our deepest values and principles. Of course, there are others, like Socrates’ student Aristippus, who believed that the good life was all about doing things that are pleasant and enjoyable in the moment, and avoiding things that make us feel bad.…


Handling Conflicts in Ensembles: A Few Things We May Be Able to Learn From the Research on Marital Satisfaction...?

Handling Conflicts in Ensembles: A Few Things We May Be Able to Learn From the Research on Marital Satisfaction...?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Even though it's been decades in some cases, I can still remember some pretty heated exchanges that I’ve had in chamber music groups over the years, and how fired up I got even if I haven’t the foggiest idea what it was that we were arguing about. In most cases, I think we found ways of working things out, and these arguments didn’t have too much of a lingering effect on either our relationship as musical colleagues or as friends outside of…