Intensive, immersive programs provide us with the opportunity to increase particular skills over a short period of time. To make full use of these programs, we can prepare intentionally, absorb as much as possible during the program, and take time to reflect and learn afterward.
What training opportunities exist for professional musicians who want to incorporate knowledge and skills in performance psychology? Where might they go to augment their expertise, whether as a professor, a licensed mental health practitioner with a specialty niche, or a mental skills coach for other musicians?
This follow-up to an earlier post tracks changes and lessons learned about the body-mind connection for three people: an injured athlete, a harried executive, and an overworked older person.a combination of reflection and small changes can shift the mental and physical manifestations of stress.
The positive psychological effects of singing are numerous, ranging from the pure impact of breathing diaphragmatically and the ways in which proper breathing calms and focuses us, through the benefits of distraction, mastery, cognition, emotion, and connection.
What happens when you try learning something new, approaching it with an attitude of curiosity rather than self-judgment? So much can be learned, both expected and unanticipated. This personal blog uses a drawing class to illustrate the point.
Even though exercise is a natural way to improve your mood, many people experience all the symptoms of depression after a race--even if they did well. There are many possible explanations for this, from the purely physical to the purely psychological. And lots of things you can do about it, too.
Endurance events—marathon races are among the most challenging—involve dedicated and systematic mental as well as physical energy. Running three minutes faster can be as much about what you say to yourself as how hard you train.
Even if you train according to plan, there may be snags when race day comes. A blog reader posted some examples. Here are general principles about goals, focus, emotions, and re-calibrating--and then ways a Psyching Team member might actually assist a runner.
Recent research suggests that getting excited leads to better performance. The mind-body connection is more complicated, though, and finding the best method for your own pre-performance readiness may involve a combination of methods.