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.