It’s 2017, y’all. Welcome to the future. And we here at Innovative Voice Studio think it’s time to get rid of some of that excess emotional baggage that’s weighing you down as a person, as a singer, and as an ARTIST!
Today, we’re talking about EMOTIONAL VAMPIRES aka the people and things that (consciously or not) drain you of life- that suck the proverbial blood from your soul. You know what we’re talking about- that dreaded survival job where it takes every ounce of strength to just SHOW UP each day; the roommate who always leaves CHEESE crusted dirty dishes in the sink; that busted printer that ALWAYS needs an ink refill when you need to print last minute sides as you’re rushing out the door; that guy on Tinder who keeps sending you WINKing emojis but won’t respond to your messages with actual text. These people and things and circumstances are weighing you down!! According to the DailyOm, these VAMPIRES are potentially causing you to feel chronic anxiety and/or depression. No wonder that backpack you carry around everyday feels so heavy!
So what do we do?!
Gods and Monsters says that there are five ways to effectively get rid of a vampire.
With a Stake
Tear it’s Head Off
We don’t generally advocate for violence here at IVS, so let’s concentrate on number 1. SUNLIGHT! You can use the old “Kill ‘em with kindness” motto to your advantage here. Surround yourself with positive, light, energized, happy people and things that make YOU feel that way. If one of your VAMPIRES happens to be your mother (no offense, mom), you cannot simply kill her with a stake. BUT you can choose to wait to call her back until after your audition or until after you’ve had a coffee with a hilarious friend from college. With the messy roommate situation, maybe have a group discussion and decide it’s worth it for all of your mental sanities to either be better about cleaning up as a whole or have a profesh from Handy come over and clean your apartment once a month. Spin things positively- be a problem solver (like BUFFY!) instead of slowly melting into a pile of negativity and despair. And whenever possible, completely remove or reduce the effects of the vampires in your life by spending more time in the light and less time watching them lurk in the dark.
Your singing and your backpack will thank you. :-)