7 Habits to Stay Healthy as a Musician

Written by Pliro
Dec 13, 2018 Last updated: Mar 28, 2019

Are you a musician? Have you ever faced different health issues compared to other people? You are not at all alone.Musicians face health issues and suffer injuries due to their profession like injured fingers and hands, disrupted vocal chords, injury to ears, back, neck, etc. Due to the use of excessive musical instruments, they are temporarily sidelined when they have health issues. If the injuries still persist, they may be sidelined for good.

Healthy Habits to Follow:

To keep a healthy lifestyle, musicians may not have the time to constantly follow online health articles and health blogs. However, to keep a check on their health, they must follow some steps and habits all through their life to prevent even the slightest of skin allergies as well that they may incur from using instruments. Following points are a condensation of some habits they need to follow:

1. Balance playing/singing time

To help their vocal chords and playing music better, musicians need to keep a check on the time for which they need to practice for singing or playing every day and in practices/sessions.  The more they play and sing, the more risk their health is at. However, every musician has different limits. And even if one wants to practice for longer hours every day, it is possible with a balanced approach. Take time out for exercise and look at your diet to stay healthy.

2. Limit Repetitive Practices

For musicians, practice is everything. However, limiting daily repetitive practice sessions to a fixed number can help reduce stress over the body as well as on the voice.

3. Manage Workload

This is something not just the musicians need to practice on. Every professional needs to manage their workload in such a way that everyday tasks are completed with quality. However, work is managed and displayed over a time of days and weeks that is easy to accomplish and quality results can be produced.

4. Take Breaks during Sessions

Break for physical activity and voice should be taken between practice sessions. This can help focus on diet and exercise as well. A gym routine can be followed by a sitting musician frequently and can help reduce stress on the back, neck and even for hands.

5. Care for the Voice and Ears

Musicians have to care for their voice by eating food that may not be bitter or sour as such tastes can affect the quality of the voice. Also, regular practice on a same pitch of voice can affect it badly too. Practicing on different level of pitches may help the musician keep a regular quality of their voice.

Similarly, paying attention to the quality of hearing should be another factor taken into consideration. Due to regular sound and musical melodies ringing in the ears in loud pitch can affect the hearing as well. Using headphones, lower frequency of sounds and tuning can help a lot in this regard.

6. Music is a Profession; not an Escape

We hear a lot about mental health issues with renowned musicians and actors. Often times it ends in drugs over-use and even suicide. Michael Jackson, Robin Williams, Elvis Presley, Chester Bennington, etc. have been some of the examples of anxiety, depression and acute stress. Finding time to encourage socializing, making friends, taking time out of the stressful and overly loaded work practices should also be a part of a musician’s lifestyle. Helping out and reaching out cohesively can make sure such cases especially from arts and professional industry are controlled.

7. Pay Heed to Warning Signs

When you start to see warning signs you should consult a doctor. Anything as small as feeling pain in the back, having to speak with a slightly changed tone of voice should not be taken  lightly.

If we can put a stop and regulating point to where the health issues arise in the musician’s life, a lot of health issues can be controlled based on proper medical help and consultancy.

Other than these, one should regularly exercise, keep a healthy diet and have a check and balance on regular triggers of health problems. A doctor may only be able to help as much as you want yourself to be helped.