Can’t Shut Off Your Brain and Get to Sleep? This 5-min Exercise Could Help.

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes When I was five, we got a little kitten that we named Lucky. Like most cats, Lucky spent much of her days happily curled up in a cozy ball, or stretched out wherever she could find a sunny patch of carpet to nap in. There were many moments over the years when I would look up from practicing or doing homework, and marvel (a little enviously) at how much of her days were spent napping. Meanwhile, I spent my high school and college years thinking…


How to Minimize Jet Lag and Perform Your Best When You Have to Cross Multiple Time Zones

How to Minimize Jet Lag and Perform Your Best When Crossing Multiple Time Zones

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes I’ve never loved flying, and turbulence freaks me out as much as the next person, but back when I had to travel with my violin, the most stressful part of flying was the boarding process. Nowadays I just wander on board whenever it's time, but with my violin, it meant scurrying on board quickly to get my violin into the overhead bin before everyone else put their suitcases in. And then sitting there wishing I could turn invisible, while people…


Perform Better Under Pressure with This Subtle Adjustment to Your Self-Talk

Subscribe to the weekly “audio edition” via iTunes It’s normal to feel some pressure when we perform in front of others – but not all situations feel quite the same. Solo performances, for instance, often feel more stressful than chamber music performances. Auditions, in turn, can be more stressful than performances. And some auditions – like the one for your dream school or job – are more stressful still. So the situation may play a role, but a lot of the…


“Mistake Rituals” and Why it's Important to Prepare for On-Stage Surprises

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Most of us are creatures of habit, in at least some area of our lives. Maybe we tend to gravitate towards the same section of the parking lot at the grocery store. Or still eat the same kind of jam we grew accustomed to as kids. Or consistently sit in the same row and section of the movie theater (although, sometimes we may have good reasons for doing what we do - ala Sheldon ). There's nothing wrong with a little bit of…


Does Stress Make Us More Susceptible to Injury?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes What do finals week, the first few months after having a child, and housebreaking a puppy with (seemingly) the world’s tiniest bladder have in common? Well, all are potentially stressful moments in life, when experience (and research) suggests that we are more likely to catch a cold. And sure, colds are inconvenient and unpleasant of course, but at least we’re usually back to our old selves within a week or so. Injuries, on the other hand, can…