Here in Melbourne, we are smack bang in the middle of winter! Brrrrr
The effects of the cold temps and the dehydrating heaters and aircon can really play havoc on our voice and body. As singers we are always doing whatever we can to avoid getting sick. For me, winter would often be a stressful time as I would be so scared of being struck down with colds and flu, which could put me off performances for weeks in the season. Not ideal. Now that I follow a great winter vocal plan I rarely get sick, and even if I do it doesn’t seem to last as long.
At The Mac Project Studio many of my clients have been asking me what I do to keep this vocal fitness in the winter so I thought I would put together some hot tips to keep you and your voice winter fit.
- Keep Warm! – Your body is your instrument so keep rugged up! This means warm jackets and scarfs and making sure your feet and head are also warm.
- Immune Boosters
- Echinacea is my wonder liquid. I use this in the lead up to winter and during to keep my immunity strong and ready to deal with any nasty’s that hit the system. I use the drops in water or my favourite juice. It’s also a great anti-inflammatory so you can rub it directly onto the throat to help bring inflammation down.
- Coconut oil – coconut oil is also a great anti-inflammatory so you may like to use this in your cooking, take a spoonful of it daily or try rubbing it directly onto your throat to bring down inflammation.
- Manuka Honey & Ginger– these are great natural antiseptics and great at building your immune system . Drinking a warm cup of water with ginger and honey is soothing as well as medicinal. Stay away from your regular caffeinated teas and coffee’s as we want to keep the voice and body as hydrated as possible.
- Avoid clearing your throat! – Although this may be hard to hold yourself back from when you are extremely congested, it can really bash our vocal chords together in a very forceful way which can lead to damage. If you must, limit it to first thing in the morning after rising when the mucous is easier to expel.
- No whispering! – Our immediate response when we are losing our voice is to whisper. Whispering is extremely harsh on our vocal chords and it is very fatiguing on the chords and muscles. Remember our voice is a muscle so it needs to rest when its inflamed just like any muscle does.
- Warm up and cool down! – Vocal warm-ups are important at any time but during the winter we need to be extra careful with our warm-ups and cool-downs. Start slowly with your vocal fry’s and build gently from there.
- Steam Heat! – getting lots of steam into your voice when you are sick or even on a regular basis is great for overall vocal health. It can assist in allowing your voice to restore after laryngitis and helps to clear the nasal passages.
- Chill out! – Just lifting the stress of fearing the one thing you don’t want to happen and focusing on what you do want i.e.: ‘great health in winter’ is a profound shift in itself. Remember what we give our attention to becomes our reality.
- Despite your best efforts if the dreaded lurgy does take you down, rest, rest rest!
Stay warm lovelies and see you all very soon.
The Mac Project Coaching Studio