In this Tour Tips segment, the alternative rock band, Liily, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
I don’t seem to have many extraordinary tips when it comes to harnessing healthy tour habits but I do have a bunch of basic ones that help me stay green. I think the most cliché but best way to stay healthy is to get as much sleep as possible, for metabolic and mental stability. The times where I’ve found myself with high stress and high anxiety were always directly associated with nights where I’ve had little to no sleep, It’s all about what you value and I find value in getting a good night’s rest over partying or going out.
Another thing that I find extremely important to do while on the road is to journal. I’m someone who’s very guarded emotionally and when I’m on tour the access to those people that I do care to share my inner workings with seems limited, being able to expel my thoughts even onto a piece of paper works wonders. I find my journaling is at its highest and best use when I’m writing completely free of form, grammar, or nuance, writing exactly what I want, shielded from judgment knowing no one is ever going to see it. As much as it seems that being with 5 of your best friends can’t get lonely, it always manages to rear its ugly head there consuming of your routine, so if there’s any way that you can find fit to combat that, do it immediately as it will only grow harder to break the bellowing habits that lay accessory to.
The utmost important thing that I find necessary for having a personally successful tour is to take everything I say with a grain of salt and find your own comfort zone. Search for things that suit your needs as you’re the only one that can speak to your own mental and physical demands. Don’t feel like you need to adhere to the group’s leisure itinerary either, that time is yours and should not be shared. Once again take everything I say with a grain of salt and be mindful of your peer’s space and boundaries as you are spending countless weeks with them and ultimately want that mindfulness to be reciprocated.