It seems too simple, but boosting our general body energy level does wonders for improving the ease of our vocal production. When we can tap into a full-body engagement, the systems of the body that are essential to good singing can coordinate: our core engages and our breath support feels more accessible; the vocal folds compress and vibrate more efficiently; we anticipate adjustments of range and pressure with more agility; our tuning tends to be me more accurate; we maintain our vocal tract shaping and sustain better resonance; we commit our musical intentions through to the ends of phrases; . . . How do we access "Energy" when we're exhausted or not motivated to sing? "Fake it 'til you make it" CAN work! Lead with affect: affect (v.) an affect (n.) for effect (n.).Try working with an intense emotion, like frustration, elation, anger, etc . . . Make fun of yourself. Go over the top. Remind yourself that Energy ≠ Tension. We can energize without tension, and if we commit to that full-body energy, the coordination we access usually prevents tension.
Ever notice that "lightning bolts" look kind of like musical rests? Use that as a reminder to ENERGIZE every time you have a rest or breathe between phrases.