Well here are the 9 things that keep Laidback Luke of his top wellness when facing the most extreme of circumstances and nonstop gigs because it can reap havoc on one’s career, health, and personal life.
9. No alcohol:Although you’ll feel super happy and powerful on the moment, the next day or the next days can feel super bad. You won’t have the ability to answer emails, nor be productive. Let alone be nice to the people you’re traveling with, or nice to the people you come home to.
8. Stay out of trouble: I pretty much turn down all the requests I get to come join to an afterparty. Sounds horribly boring but truth is, you probably have another show tomorrow and the day after. The people that are after partying don’t!
7. Napping is a life-saver: A DJ on tour sleeps about 4 hours on average. You can supplement this by trying to nap, and if you can’t, learn how to nap, on the plane for instance. My current favorite naps are 30 minutes naps which really energize you without feeling super groggy when you wake up. It’s a skill though, and really helpful to dive into if this seems hard for you.
6. Stay calm, no matter the circumstances: Very simply put: Stress kills. If it’s not now, it’s on the long run. Leave stress behind and see it for what it is. Stress is as big as you want to make it. If you realize that, you’ll see that no matter the situation, you’ll always be in control.
5. If you smoke, quit smoking!: Smoking is a habit! Little disclaimer, I never smoked so for me it’s easier said then done but simply put: Find another habit! Whenever you want to smoke, get a tea : ) Needless to say, breathing is THE most important thing in life. And is essential to controlling stress. If you sabotage your breathing you’re unable to perform your best.
4. Have rituals: If you’re touring a ton, you basically feel like you have no home. It’s a terrible feeling. What helps is to keep your own little rituals that you would do at home. For instance, I’ll always sit in the same spot in the car on tour. Or, I’ll always unpack in a certain way and put everything on a similar spot in any hotel room I get to.
3. Work out!: You might think working out will drain the little energy you have on tour but actually, it will give you energy! Mind you, I rarely go into a work out being all excited about it. And usually doing the workout I’ll be hating it! But the feeling you get after a workout is the best! And think about this: you only need 45 minutes a day to be as lazy as you want for the next 23 hours and 15 minutes. Yet, you’re still in shape!
2. Watch your diet: Working out has no use if you eat like shit. And it’s very tempting at airports and on tour. Key is to know what good foods are, they don’t necessarily need to be salads for instance. I rarely eat salads! Often, I’ll skip the airplane food whenever I fly economy and rather buy something at the airport to have on the plane, if I’m not sleeping on it.
1. Picture your schedule: To overcome stress and pressure, one of my key things of survival is to picture my day or my weekend before it happens. And imagining the things and situations I could come across going into this tour and unraveling it. This way, when it really happens, you’ll be prepared for a lot of things and most of it you already ran through! This way you’ll never be overwhelmed by what’s about to come or happen.