I’m usually three to four weeks ahead on writing my blog articles. But things have gotten away from me and I find myself blogless. On top of that I got the crud last week and lost my voice. So here I am, sitting at my desk, trying to put my brain in gear to come up with something of value to share with you.
My mind keeps going back to last week. It’s a bit embarrassing to be a “vocal coach” without a voice. So, I decided not to fight it and take this opportunity to give you my personal advice should you lose your voice due to seasonal allergies or the flu.
Hydration: You should know this one, it’s certainly preached enough. Drink plenty of fluids. Water, Gatorade, juice, tea, honey with lemon, and broth are my top suggestion list.
Rest: At the very least get in your full 8 hours. If possible even more. My staff practically tied me to the bed. Every time I ventured downstairs I was asked what I was doing out of bed. Concern, or did they just want me out of their hair?
Over-the-counter: There are plenty of over-the-counter meds to help you recover faster. Zycam , NyQuil, Theraflu, Alka Seltzer Cold are a few of my favorites. Along with Halls or Ludens cough drops. And, don’t forget the vitamin C it really does help.
Vocal rest: If your throat is sore or you lose your voice like I did the best thing you can do is simply not speak. Especially whispering, it’s the worst thing you can do for your voice. I know this one is difficult; I had a very difficult time trying not to speak.
Stay away from others: This strain of whatever it was went through my office starting with my housekeeper, to my staff then to me. Thankfully I canceled my students; I figured they would not want me to share.
Wash your hands: To help keep from catching something from other people take care to wash your hands often. We often don’t think of the germs that are passed through money, the gas pump, cash machines, shopping carts. Anything that is touched by multiple people offers a variety of uglies that can be transferred to unsuspecting victims.
It’s imperative that singers keep their bodies and voice as healthy as possible.