Stress Management for Singers
by Dr. Karen Wicklund, July 4, 2000
NATS National Convention, Philadelphia
IMPORTANT: The information contained in this presentation is intended for educational purposes only. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body, and the authors, sponsoring organization, publisher, printer(s), and distributor(s) accept no responsibility for such use. Those individuals suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult their physician.
In today's fast-paced world stress is a fact of life, regardless of one's profession. Every person today must learn to deal with a myriad of demands on his/her time and talents. In this paper a definition and illustrations of stress and stressors will be presented, with discussion of the typical stress response. Next will follow an explanation of how stress specifically affects singers physically and psychologically, as well as how to recognize when the singer is under stress. Finally, a practical three-pronged (behavioral, cognitive and social) approach to stress management for singers will be shared.
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