I have noticed over the past few weeks that everyone seems to be under heaps of stress – myself included. I don’t know if it is because work is in full flow, if all the public holidays have made people behind on their work, or if it just has to do with this time of year.
I seem to think it’s the latter, as I’m pretty sure around this time of year, every year, my stress levels start hitting a peak. I could be wrong though – I mean, let’s face it, I’m no Dr Phil. In fact, the only thing that Dr Phil and I have in common is that we’re both somewhat of a round shape.
Also, I know that universities around the Cape are gearing up for holidays. To anyone for whom varsity is ancient history, it may seem a bit weird that that would bring about stress, but let me tell me you, from my days at UCT, when vacation is around the corner it means one thing: you’re gonna work yourself into a stupor, because all those final hand-ins are due, and exams follow almost literally the next week.
So, if you’re feeling the burn of stress, I’m gonna offer you a little advice, which seems to have worked pretty well for me.
1. Take 20 to 30 minutes out of your day to take a walk in nature – And listen, we live in the most beautiful city in the world, so there are no excuses for there being no place close-by where you can walk
2. Drink plenty of water – I’m a caffeine addict, but I know when the stress is out to get me, one of the best things I can do is enjoy nature’s very own Coca-Cola.
3. Try and eat healthier – I am aware that this coming from a fat man is somewhat ironic, but even if you’re just adding a few veggies or fruit to your diet, man will it ever make a big impact.
4. And lastly (and because this is a music column), and most importantly, get out on your weekends. Let your hair down, and support local music – even if it is a schlep in the wintery weather. Nothing beats the winter blues and stress like rocking out at an awesome gig.
So now that I’ve shared my pearls of wisdom, how about I share some gigs that you ought to checkout over this weekend:
On Friday, May 16, check out Los Tacos, the Nomadic Orchestra, and Grassy Spark at the Klein Libertas in Stellenbosch. The gig starts at 7pm, entrance is R40 per person, and for more info, you can call 021 883 3607.
Saturday, May 17, will see Tina Schouw paying tribute to one of the greatest musicians of our time, Billy Holiday, at the Crypt Jazz Restaurant on Wale Street from 8pm. For more details about the gig, call 079 683 4658.
Lastly, this Sunday, May 18, if you fancy a drive to “Whale City” (and apparently the whales are starting to make guest appearances) head out to The Gecko Bar in Hermanus and watch Jesse Clegg take to the stage from 8pm. Tickets are R100 each, and to book, call 028 312 4665.
Clegg recently returned from his first North American and is on something of a mini tour currently in Cape Town. You can also catch him on Saturday, May 17 at De Brasserij, 7 Church Street, Stellenbosch, at 8pm. Tickets are R100. (Book at www.quicket.co.za/events/2369-de-brasserij-music-evenings/.)
He will also perform at the the Joostenberg Wine Farm, R304, Muldersvlei, on Friday May 23. Tickets again are R100. (Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book.)