How healthy is your voice? Most people do not think much about vocal health or voice care until they start losing their voice, or they experience some difficulty whenever they talk or sing. It is often taken for granted unless it is instrumental to your profession like if you are an actor, singer, public speaker, or a teacher. Not much thought is given to taking the necessary steps to preserve one’s voice or give it the proper care it needs until one wakes up one morning, and you have a hoarse voice. Panic then sets in because it is something that only happens when one has a cold.
Taking care of your voice is really quite simple and will not cost you money. You just have to follow these steps. They are just things that you have to remember as you go about your day.
Drink Plenty of Water
You may have heard about how you have to drink at least eight glasses of water a day because it is essential to your health, how good it is for your skin, or how it prevents heatstroke. However, it is not often that you hear that your vocal cords need it too. It is important that you keep your vocal folds hydrated to protect it from natural friction during vocalization. Some people may not notice that they are not drinking enough water because they also drink coffee, juice, soft drinks, or alcohol. Be aware of your water intake, so you do not miss out on the benefits of drinking water.
Give Your Voice a Chance to Rest
If your body needs rest after doing any form of physical activity, so does your voice after talking much all day or after a singing engagement. Do not overuse your voice. Give it plenty of rest and a chance to recover. Also, avoid straining your voice by shouting or screaming all the time or you are going to end up with a hoarse voice. You may have experienced this after attending a rock concert or after that thrilling rollercoaster ride, so you know what happens when you strain your voice too much.
Do NOT Smoke
Smoking is bad for your vocal health. While you may think it helps you when you have performance anxiety, it also dries up your vocal cords and can lead to irritation and swelling. You may think that it is not affecting your voice, so you do not think about stopping. However, sooner or later, you will feel its effects. When that happens, you may not be able to repair the damage to your vocal cords at all. It may be hard to quit because of the addictive content, but it is much harder to lose your voice.
You should take care of your vocal health and avoid doing things that will strain your voice or damage your vocal cords. Do not wait until it is too late before you take some action and give it the proper care that it needs.