For most artists starting out, touring represents a dream come true, and the idea of life on the road carries with it a colossally romanticized appeal. The reality, however, is that the touring lifestyle can be incredibly hard, challenging both your physical and mental health. Here we look at some important guide posts for taking care of yourself next time you load up the van.
In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, contributor Sam Bowman offers some key pointers on what artists can do to maintain their mental and physical well-being while on tour.
"A classic struggle on the road is simply staying pulled together, mentally speaking. When left unchecked, endless hours keeping the same company in a crowded vehicular environment is enough to drive anyone insane. If you can relate to the fear of mental instability while on tour — and, like most of us, you can’t afford to bring a therapist along for the ride — you may want to consider getting a mental wellness app or two on your smartphone."