I tell my students that practicing is about getting into a ‘box’ and leaving everything else outside those walls. ‘The box’ is a place where only you and music exist; life melts away for those moments and you get a break from stressors while doing something you that can be energizing, centering, calming and sometimes all three at once! I know. It’s so much easier to talk about shutting life out like this than it is to actually do. We keep talking about it because someday, maybe, it will work for them, and what a great day that will be! I know I struggled with bringing my stress into my practicing when I was younger, but the older I get, the easier and more natural leaving it outside my ‘box’ that has become. I get to sing!