Well, I have a concert coming up in a few weeks and I have been on a performing hiatus for a few months now. As a result my dependable anxiety dreams have begun again. Yes, even I still have them. This one is a common recurring theme that presents itself it in similar scenes.
They usually are made up of me finding out that I have a performance to do in a few moments. Of course, I am never warmed up, and am not dressed properly. Most of the time, I have NOT YET LEARNED the piece that I am about to be performing on stage, or I don’t know the lyrics, or had forgotten to memorize it. Sometimes I don’t even know the melody , or the staging. Most of the time I don’t know any of it and I am about to be thrown into it. -And often I have gum in my mouth that I can’t seem to find anywhere to put.
These dreams are so stressful for me, and the stress of them seems to last into the following morning after the dreams. It is the count down to the performance in front of people that I was not prepared for on any level that just repeatedly shows itself in my dreams before a performance. Ahhhh, yuck. These seem to happen more when I have taken a break from performing for a while- understandably.
Do you get these? I have been having them since I was a child (I have been performing since then as well).
There is one thing that I do to combat this stress- since I can’t control the dreaming. What I can control is what I do with my time before a performance when I am awake. And that is PREPARE- even over prepare. Get your music learned as soon as possible, keep your voice in good shape through regular vocalizing year round (Voice Lessons TO GO is great for that), so that you are not in a race to get yourself in vocal shape while prepping for a concert. MEMORIZE your material as soon as you can. You will have to memorize it anyway, and that seems to hold a lot of anxiety for us until the deed of memorization is done. So get it done. Show up memorized, and well rehearsed to your first rehearsal so that you are ahead of the game.
Doing these things will help you to combat your performing anxiety. The dreams are bad enough. Make your reality as stress-free as possible by being overly prepared. Feel like you can perform your piece in your sleep!
I’m going to take my own advice and go practice! I’d love to hear some of your anxiety singing dreams!
(I know I am not alone on this one!)
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