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Three Ways To De-Stress The Hectic
Holidays - For Your Health And Creativity
December 18, 2018

By Ann Utterback
Voice Specialist and Author, Broadcast Voice Handbook

As a voice-over artist, often your life has to be lived at a "pitch near madness" in order to get everything done. 

But if you want to enjoy the holidays now while continuing to do your job well, how about trying some ways to slow down.


First, don't even think of giving up exercise, because it's one of the best stress-busters. 

If you're not doing it, now is a good time to start. 

But instead of running or going crazy on the elliptical machine, take a walk outside. That way you combine exercise and nature, both of which cut stress.  And you might want to use your walking time to think about gifts to purchase or people you you would like to see over the holidays. 

We actually think more creatively when exercising.


Next, make the first few minutes of your day (or longer if possible) free of digital devices or newspapers.

Just by looking at the news first thing in the morning, you are depriving your mind of any relaxed time. Even a quick look at the news or emails puts our minds on stress alert. 

And if the mind is stressed, the body is too.

So take a break each morning. During this time you might try doing the third thing ...


Breathe! It sounds simple, but just concentrating on your inhalation and exhalation for a couple of minutes can have a positive effect on your entire body.

And you can use this all during the day. I find it especially helpful when I fall into catastrophic thinking.

There's sure to be lots of that this month with travel, gift buying, family visiting, and other holiday pressures. So make it a habit to focus on your breathing several times a day. 

Repeating "Breathing in" on the inhalation and "Breathing out," on the exhalation works for me.  I

Slowing down this month may seem a contradiction, but if you try it, I think you'll find it not only makes for a better month, but it helps you keep going at work!
Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D., is a voice specialist with more than 40 years experience and has helped hundreds of people make the most of their voices, working with broadcasters, voice over artists and podcasters around the world. An author of eight books and over 50 articles on voice, her Broadcast Voice Handbook is a classic textbook offering more advice on how to improve your voice over performance.


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