What to do when you’re getting sick vocally

Sickness. No one wants it or needs it. It’s a singers worst nightmare. It’s like an injury. We all get it from time to time however some of us are more prone to sickness than others. You start to sound hoarse and before you know it you’ve lost your voice and you can no longer speak.

We fear nodules like the plague. But there are manageable steps to alleviate your situation.

Step 1 – steam

As a singer, you should be steaming regularly not just when you’re feeling ill. It helps to keep everything lubricated. It keeps the voice box moist and can be very soothing to irritated vocal folds. You literally only need a kettle, towel and a sink for this. It’s so easy to do.

Step 2 – rest

Vocal rest! I can’t  stress this enough. I’m the worst when it comes to this. I never nt vocally tired because i over use my vocals a lot even if it’s just speaking. It’s definitely not good for me. Don’t push anything and stop if it hurts. You need to know your limits. Your sleep is extremely important aswell. Make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

Step 3 – hydration

Stay hydrated. Be thirsty. Make yourself thirsty even if you’re not. Make sure you’re drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. If you need more because of the nature of your physical activity up this to 3 litres a day. Why don’t you read my health benefits of drinking water here.

Step 4 – hygiene

lack of hygiene is a common cause for sickness. Hygiene in life is crucial. Try to avoid harmful bacteria by carrying hand sanitiser around with you and always washing your hands. Follow the usuals – catch it, bin it, kill it. It sounds tedious but there’s a reason we all do this. No one likes being sick.

Step 5 – herbal tea

I drink this on the reg. I love it, it soothes me completely. My personal favourite ingredients are Honey, Lemon, Chamomile and Ginger. Incorporate these into your diet. Why don’t you check out the health benefits of drinking herbal tea here. On that note make sure you’re eating right and healthily everyday. Sickness can stem from a poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Step 6 – wear a scarf

This is more of a comfort thing. It’s like a magical protection spell that you wear around your neck! It helps me believe that im on the mend and its warm to snuggle into on your darkest days. It’s a mental thing but it works.

Water: Why you should be drinking more of it.

I started the year by setting myself some New Years resolutions. One of them was to drink more water. I’ve successfully increased my intake with each new day this month and I haven’t partaken in any alcohol drinking to cause any further dehydration. Dehydration is a common symptom for many of life’s issues.

It makes sense to drink more H20. Our own bodies are made up of between 70-80% of water. It is so overlooked. We need it to function properly. Most people recommend drinking at least 8 glasses a day however I recommend you using this as a guideline and listening to your own body. Some days you might need more.

Health benefits

1. Water flushes out toxins

It gets rid of waste through sweat and urination. It helps you feel replenished and can help reduce the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s.

2. It increases energy and relieves fatigue

It helps you think, focus and concentrate more through out your day. This leads to you being more productive in getting thing set done. You won’t feel sluggish. It helps you stay alert and it also raises your energy levels.

3. Water promotes weight loss

It removes by-products of fat and can help to reduce your hunger. It raises your metabolism and contains zero calories.

4. It improves your complexion

H20 moisturises your skin from the outside it. It keeps it fresh and glowing and keeps you looking young forever. Say goodbye to your wrinkles and pick up a glass.

5. Water boosts your immune system

It helps fight against the flu, cancer and other illnesses eg. Heart attacks. If our body is made up of mostly water then to keep it working properly it makes total sense to keep supplying ourselves with it, right?

6. It maintains regularity

It helps aid in digestion after meals and prevents constipation. It keeps us functioning internally.

7. Water is a natural headache preventer

Nobody likes headaches. EVER. It helps prevent and relieve headaches which are more often than not caused by dehydration ie. lack of water intake. Stay hydrated this year.

8. It puts you in a good mood

When the body is working at its best then so are you. You feel happy and on top of the world. For me it makes me feel refreshed and brand spanking new. I feel healthy and so should you.

9. Water prevents joint pain

Our joints need lubrication and water helps this. It also helps the muscles to be more elastic meaning that we relieve ourselves of joint pain. You’re less likely to be injured when your joints are getting the required nutrients they need,

10. It saves you money

It is free. It comes from your tap. Even if you don’t like plain water there  are plenty of products in store that you can buy that are cheaper than your typical medium latte from Starbucks and it’s  way healthier for you.

 

Make one of your goals this year to drink more water.