You’re a professional voice user, and your voice is filled with crud. You’re stuffy and your throat feels thick and phlegmy. You have to track a piece, or give a speech, or sing for an audition or a show. How do you care for your voice AND do your job? Here are my top five recommendations:
5. Drink tea
Hydrating thins mucus in your body. The thinner the mucus, the less stuffy and stopped up you’ll be. To thin out your body’s mucus:
2. Focus your resonance
Mask resonance and continuing consonants to keep the voice focused in the front of the face and not in the back of the throat. It’s easy to let vocal technique get lazy when we’re sick – it’s more important now than ever! This helps you sound more like your usual self, and works around that “sick voice” sound.
1. Neti pot/ Saline spray
This is my personal favorite. Because mucus is the enemy(!), and it’s the post-nasal drip that causes your sore throat and many vocal challenges, stop it at the start. Wash it out of your nose with a neti pot or saline spray. Blow your nose like crazy. Get that mucous out of your body so it can’t trouble your voice!
I have heard from a rare client that a Neti pot has caused a sinus infection, so please use distilled or saline water, and keep your pot clean! See your doctor if you have any concerns about sinus infections.
Hope these are helpful to you in cold and allergy seasons! Please let me know your tricks by posting a comment here or tweet @jessActs
6/30/2018 03:49:25 am
Thank you for sharing a useful tip. I will share this with my call center agent friends since they are most likely to catch colds more than anyone. Their night schedule is such a big impact on why they can be more prone into colds and coughs. We cannot hide the fact that they are also influenced more by drinking caffeine, which you have stated that, they should avoid it when they have colds. This is going to be useful for them and I do hope that they will appreciate it just like what I did.
7/23/2018 06:30:53 pm
I agree with you that tea is really a helpful remedy for cough, colds and even indigestion I guess. I do not drink teas with laxative but I had rather drink teas with natural ingredients on it. One of my favorite teas is the turmeric tea, it is really helpful besides, my bowel movement became so regular and I like the result. Sometimes, foods that we eat became the root of our sickness, but sometimes, foods we eat are also the things to cure it.
10/29/2018 10:41:29 pm
Thanks for shearing.
10/7/2021 11:39:53 am
I appreciate the tip you shared about limiting caffeine when you have a sore throat. I have a big presentation for work in three days, and I have a really sore throat. I am hoping that I can see an ENT to help me get over it quickly.
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