Since we are entering the blessed cold and flu season, I thought it might be helpful to share a few healthy habits you can adopt to take care of your voice. You can use these tips all year long, but especially so when the seasons start to change and the chill sets in! I’ve used some affiliate links in this post, so if you’d rather search for the things I recommend on your own, go for it!
Keep your vocal cords hydrated.
During the fall and winter months, the dry air can really do a number on your voice. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water every day! I use a cute tumbler with a straw to keep myself drinking liquids all day long. I also keep this humidifier in my room and use at night when I sleep so that I won’t wake up with a hoarse voice.
Drink all the tea!
Every vocal coach I’ve worked with recommends Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea as the remedy to every voice and throat issue you may come across. I drink it before I do my vocal warm ups and practice at home, before and during my voice lessons, before and during recording sessions, and any time my throat feels hoarse or sore. It tastes amazing on it’s own, but I always stir in a big spoonful of raw honey, and sometimes add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Get plenty of sleep.
I don’t know about you, but I am such a wimp when it comes to losing sleep! Going to bed late and having poor sleeping habits can really impact your voice and overall health. Set a regular bedtime and create a routine that will help you wind down and sleep deeply so that your body can recuperate and stay healthy!
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.
Many people experience vocal issues because of acid reflux, due to consuming alcohol or spicy foods. If your voice is hoarse or if you have a sore throat, avoid alcohol, dairy and anything spicy. Eat lots of food that helps fight inflammation, such as leafy greens, raw ginger, fruits, nuts, and fish. Give my favorite detox green smoothie a try for breakfast.
Rest your voice.
I’m sure you’ve heard of artists who go on vocal rest to heal their voices, and you should treat your voice with the same kind of love! Since I struggle with vocal dysphonia, when I feel stressed or if I’m in a loud place, I have a habit of straining my voice when I speak and I wear it out really quickly. My throat and larynx tighten up and I have to remind myself to take deep breaths and stop talking for a while so I don’t damage my vocal cords. It’s healthy to make time for vocal rest and to take breaks from singing and speaking!