Stress doesn't have to be felt or seen as something negative. Stress keeps you on your toes, being sharp and alert. which make you perform better most of the time
True! Some decades ago I read this in a telephone box:
"Stress is the non-specific reaction of the body to any demand made upon it".
The telephone box stood in a centre of transcendental meditation.
The Canadian doctor Hans Selye introduced us to "stress" as a medical term.
Fight or flight? Stay and play?
The great jazz violin player Svend Asmussen died recently (100 years old).
When he performed, he seemed of be extremely relaxed.
But I once saw him just before playing:
Rather nervous, drinking coffee, and smoking.
Numerous musicians have similar symptoms. It might be difficult to find relaxed singers and musicians. As we all know, alcohol and other drugs are quite common among musicians. Are casino guests wiser?