Vocal Distress can become singing Eustress. When most people sing, they place their voice under high amounts of vocal load. Inappropriate amounts of breath pressure as well as extreme muscle activation both lead to vocal distress. Are you in vocal distress? I think I can help…
“Distress is Bad, Eustress is Good. Distress refers to harmful stimuli that make you weaker, less confident, and less able. Destructive criticism, abusive bosses, and smashing your face on a curb are examples of this. These are things to avoid. Eustress, on the other hand, is a word most of you have probably never heard. Eu-, a Greek prefix for “healthy,” is used in the same sense in the word “euphoria.” Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress – stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth” (Timothy Ferriss, “The Four Hour Work Week”).
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