Does it seem like your business, career, or life is on hold? Things have certainly changed since mid-March of this year.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend was the last time I performed live with a cover band and with my church band. Most of my hand drumming classes were on hold for 5 months (but recently resumed). There were many other classes scheduled at a new location but they weren’t able to move forward. Speaking engagements also got cancelled. When stress levels begin to increase, this can be the recipe for disaster. What do you do to maintain balance?
Dealing with disappointment
It helps to keep things in perspective:
*Take a step back.
*Take some deep breaths.
*Take a break from social media for awhile.
*Remember when you overcame hurdles in the past.
You can take time to grieve your losses but, at some point, you have to make the decision to move forward. You can decide to do things differently. You need to regroup and reset your personal rhythm.
Playing a different beat
Sooner or later, you may need to decide that you need to switch things up. Just like in drumming, you can’t play the same beat all the time. I remember doing this when I first started playing percussion with my church band (above photo). I could only hear one beat. It takes time to listen, regroup, and push yourself to try something new.
That’s not to say I always hit the mark. Some things didn’t fly nearly as well as I thought they would. So what do you do? Assess what went wrong and try to fix it or improve it. In drumming for example, you can’t just play easy rock beats. You need to learn how to play songs with different tempos. In this video, I demonstrate how you can switch up your rhythm.
If you’re feeling stuck, stressed out, overwhelmed, or lost, doing some therapeutic drumming may help. Many of my adult clients only needed two or three sessions. You can choose 30 min. or 45 and yes, we can do this all virtually. Isn’t time to rise up and rock? Contact me if you’re ready or would like some more information.
What have you done to find balance and move forward? Feel free to leave a comment below!
Dori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, drum teacher, percussionist, mentor, ADHD coach, Toca percussion artist, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. Her mission is to help people focus, feel better, and find their joy – with drumming! Dori is also an inspirational speaker, and author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. She will soon be releasing her second book, which is about rising up and finding your purpose. Dori is able to deliver talks and training virtually to anyone all over the world.