Self-Care for Musicians


Self-Care for Musicians

Articles by Linda Dessau, the Self-Care Coach

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The courage to create brings many challenges: procrastination, self-doubt, self-judgment, low self-esteem, envy of other artists, intimidation, isolation, performance anxiety (stage fright), feeling uninspired and an unpredictable income & schedule.

If you can identify with one, two, or ALL of those, you’re not alone!

It’s my hope that these articles will increase your awareness of your own self-care issues, and how they might be linked to your creativity and your creative dreams.

The reason I love to work with musicians, specifically, is that I’ve seen first hand how my level of self-care impacts my creativity and freedom of expression. It’s only when I’m well – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – that I’m a clear channel for my creative gifts.


  • "Attraction": What We Attract With Our Creative Choices
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] I used to be a jazz singer. I was inexplicably drawn to the drama and the heartache; I was drawn to those songs for a reason. 

  • 10 Ways to Take Back Your Time
    [Self-Improvement:Time-Management] 5 ways to manage your time and 5 ways to take back your time, including daily or regular practices to try out in your life right now. 

  • 10 Ways to Thrive as a Creative Artist
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] This article features ten nourishing daily practices that will help you connect with your creative self like you've never done before. Whether you try one, two, or all ten, you'll be closer to your creative dream the moment you start!

  • 7 Things Sapping Your Creativity Right Now
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] This article will help you gain awareness into things you might be doing (or not doing) to hinder your creative process.

  • After the Clutter: 5 Steps to a New Daily Routine
    [Self-Improvement:Organizing] If my day-to-day routines are continuing to create clutter, then I’ll always be one step behind it.

  • Breathing out Stage Fright
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] Breathing exercises from the Yoga tradition, to help performers deal with stage fright.

  • Build your Social Support Network
    [News-and-Society:Relationships] Social support can improve the functioning of your immune system, protecting you from disease, and it can increase your vitality, decrease your stress and improve your self-esteem. This article discuss what makes a strong social support network and provides concrete tips for keeping yours that way.

  • Clutter & Creativity
    [Self-Improvement:Organizing] This article explores the different kinds of clutter in our lives, and how that clutter stifles our creative expression. It includes questions to help you see which types of clutter might be a problem for you, and also provides concrete tips for dealing with your clutter.

  • Creative Dreams - What Winter Driving Taught Me
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] What does protecting yourself in a winter storm have to do with protecting your creative dreams? Here's what I came up with...

  • Fear & Creativity
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] This article shines a spotlight on fear; what is its job and where does it come from? What's the connection between fear and creativity?

  • Gratitude
    [Self-Improvement] Though some days I can still get caught up in what I DON’T have yet, what I HAVEN’T done yet and what I’ll probably NEVER have or NEVER do, all it takes is a few moments reflection about what I have to be grateful for and my thoughts are completely turned around.

  • Guilt: Is it Getting in the Way of Your Self-Care?
    [Self-Improvement:Coaching] Saying yes to ourselves and our self-care often means saying no to people, events and situations in our life and that can bring guilt. The more time we spend feeling guilty, the less self-care we're giving to ourselves. If we're letting someone else's words, actions or non-verbal messages make us feel guilty, we're letting THEM take away our self-care.

  • Hooray, You Failed!
    [Self-Improvement:Success] Don't lose your confidence if you slip, be grateful for a pleasant trip. And pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again. Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields

  • Jealous Again - Jealousy Among Musicians
    [Arts-and-Entertainment:Music] Jealousy – do you feel it? Do you sense it in others? Does it hinder your relationships with other musicians? Does it sap your confidence? Does it block your creativity? Here are some questions to help you get clearer about the jealousy in your life.

  • Just Say YES to Self-Care
    [Self-Improvement:Coaching] We say we want to change things, we set New Year's resolutions in place and we create lists of self-care goals. We make promises to ourselves, and sometimes to other people in our lives. And, in every moment, we have a choice between what we'll say yes to and what we'll say no to.

  • Managing Your Time, when Music isn't Your "Day Job"
    [Arts-and-Entertainment:Music] You CAN do everything. What you cannot do, however, is do everything at the same time, or create a day that’s longer than 24 hours.

  • Meditation, Self-Acceptance & the Muse
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] Artists sometimes have the experience of music, words, or other ideas, coming to them from “out of nowhere”. Where is this “nowhere” and how can we go in there after all of those great ideas??

  • Meditation: Time to Stop & Listen
    [Self-Improvement:Stress-Management] Meditation is a process to empty and calm the mind, which results in a sense of peace, serenity and calmness and eventually opening yourself to new insights and a sense of overall well-being.

  • Musicians Injuries: OUCH, It Hurts When I Play (But Please Don't Tell Me To Stop!)
    [Arts-and-Entertainment:Music] This article takes a look at musicians' injuries. For an expert perspective, I interviewed Dr. Sarah Mickeler, B.Mus., D.C. Dr. Mickeler is a former professional musician and a chiropractor who concentrates on musicians' injuries in her practice. 

  • Performing, What's the Big Deal?
    [Arts-and-Entertainment:Music] Symptoms of performance anxiety (stage fright) include "butterflies" in the stomach, quickened heart rate or more severe symptoms such as hyperventilation, dizziness or intense fear. This article looks at the five main reasons for performance anxiety.

  • Procrastination - Understanding & Overcoming it
    [Self-Improvement:Time-Management] This article will help you figure out some of the reasons for your procrastination, and offers some simple strategies for getting things done!

  • Self-Care for Creative Artists: 10 Reasons To Care About It
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] There's a lot of popular opinion about the "suffering artist". Here's ten reasons to choose self-care instead of suffering.

  • Self-Care for Creative Artists: 5 Ways to Start Today
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] 5 nourishing self-care practices that will improve your physical, mental, emotional AND creative health. You can apply these straightforward tips to your life right now.

  • Self-Sabotage: The Opposite of Self-Care
    [Self-Improvement] The dictionary definition of sabotage is "an act or process tending to hamper or hurt" or "deliberate subversion". Hmmm. Why on earth would we sabotage ourselves? That's a complicated answer. And a simple one. We choose to.

  • Sing & Be Well
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] Singing is our birthright! Singing is a natural and pure expression of how glad we feel to be alive, and the way we show our love of music. This article features my top 5 reasons to sing.

  • Sleep and Creativity
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] In my life, sleep is the number one way that I can either enhance my self-care and nourish myself or defeat my self-care and deplete my energy, peace of mind & productivity all in one shot. When I’m rested I’m more resilient to stress. My body is more flexible and willing to work, my head is more clear and focused, I feel happier and more at peace and I’m nicer to myself AND to everyone else.

  • Sleep: 10 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep
    [Health-and-Fitness] The simplest way to tell if you're getting enough is by noticing every morning - do you feel rested? Do you wake up without an alarm clock and feel ready to get right out of bed and start your day?

  • Stress: Daily Self-Care Habits to Manage Stress
    [Self-Improvement:Stress-Management] Ten simple strategies to keep stress at bay.

  • Structures for Self-Care Success
    [Self-Improvement] Using structures for reminders, inspiration and tracking can help you to develop healthier habits in your life. Experts agree that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Until something becomes a habit, it’s necessary to create a structure or routine around it.

  • Telling the Hard Truth
    [News-and-Society:Relationships] Why do we keep the truth from people? Usually it’s for one of the following reasons (or a combination): we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, we’re afraid the other person will be angry with us or we don’t want to be embarrassed. 

  • Try a Slow-Carb Habit
    [Health-and-Fitness:Nutrition] Carbohydrates - found in grains, breads, pasta, and sugar, as well as vegetables, fruit, tofu, beans, and dairy - provide the body with the most efficient fuel for energy production and brain activity. They're nutritionally essential, a principle currently downplayed by the "low-carb craze".

  • Trying to Create From Distorted Perceptions?
    [Self-Improvement:Creativity] We've all met people who are "negative" – negative thinkers who consistently see the glass as half empty. In certain situations, particularly stressful ones, even the most positive person can fall victim to this distorted thinking. As a creative artist, this kind of thinking can keep us away from our art and can keep us from enjoying it even when we manage to keep at it.
  • Are You Taking a Holiday From Your Self-Care?


    I hear a lot of people commenting that they wish they hadn't indulged so much on their holiday or that they need a vacation after their vacation. When you have time off, it's even more important to keep up with your self-care. 

  • Sharing Our Creative Work With Others

    What's your first thought if someone hesitates before giving you their opinion about your creative project?


    Connect With Spirit


    Every time I have the desire to do something, to create something, that’s Spirit seeking expression through me. ANY time we connect with something or someone, we're also connected with Spirit (also known as God, the Universe, Higher Power, the Source). While our personal definition of Spirit is unique, when we connect with that Spirit it immediately connects us with something outside of ourselves. 

    Is There a Science To Success?

    I've been studying science lately, in the form of a book called "The Science of Getting Rich", written by Wallace Wattles in 1910. I've discovered that this book holds many powerful ideas to enrich our lives, work and success as creative artists.


    Connect with Your Strengths


    We can be just as afraid of our strengths as we are of our weaknesses, and just as afraid to succeed as we are to fail. Connecting with your strengths is about learning how to acknowledge your own gifts, accept compliments graciously and to present yourself confidently as the extraordinarily unique artist that you are. Link to article:


    5 Steps to Accepting Compliments Graciously
    Many creative artists are uncomfortable with praise and compliments. We can be so busy judging ourselves harshly that we don't quite know what to do with positive feedback.  Link to article:


    Curiousity, da Vinci Style


    When we approach a blank canvas, empty stage or notebook paper in a state of curiousity, we're truly opening the door to the muse – to our "inner artist", our "higher power" and the creative flow of the universe. Link to article: