Those of you who know me personally, know how I can get carried away with trying to accomplish too many things at once. And I know that some of you are the same way. We are the kind of people who get so obsessed with making progress, that we don’t make enough time for rest.
Because of the new year and its attendant resolutions, this seems to be a time of the year for many people when we get too busy trying to get things done… make personal changes… improve ourselves… fix problems in our lives.
All that is well and good, but we must rest between efforts for the seeds we plant during work to grow.
This is true for the voice as well – both from a muscular standpoint and a neurological standpoint.
When you are building muscle in the gym, you don’t lift the same muscle part two days in a row. Similarly, if you are doing something that stretches your vocal limits, leave a day of rest in between. You can sing, but don’t keep stretching and pushing hard day after day. If you rest a little, you’ll probably find that when you come back from the rest, you’ve improved.
And when you are mentally pushing, trying, straining, stressing out, and working hard, your brain gets tired too. It stops learning as efficiently. It stops integrating information. Creativity wanes. Motivation suffers. So give yourself at least a day of brain rest every week too! You’ll be able to better adopt and integrate the things you’re working on vocally. You’ll have more access to your creativity. Your voice will feel stronger and freer.
Now… time to try to take my own advice! 🙂
(c) 2010 Adrienne Osborn