We as singers are different than any other musician because our body is our instrument. That said, depending on how we treat our body, we can get very different results from our singing voice. So below are a few tips to help you stay in good vocal health.
Tip #1 – Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is important for both your body and your voice to function properly. When you become dehydrated, you vocal cords start to feel dry and become less agile for singing. This is no good. Drinking water might relieve that feeling, but not for long if you are dehydrated. The dryness will return shortly because you haven’t fixed the source of the problem. So make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, every day to stay head of this potential issue.
Tip #2 – Get Good Sleep
Getting consistent, solid rest is vital for your voice. This is true for a handful of reasons. First, your brain can’t function its best on limited amounts of sleep. Second, the vocal cords tend to become swollen on limited sleep, indicating the need for rest. But also, if you’re doing a lot of singing, you need to give your vocal cords time to recover.
Your vocal cords are muscles. When those muscles get above average use, you need to give them muscles time to recover. Resting the voice can be helpful here, but the muscles can only fully recover during sleep. Without rest, your voice will take much longer to fully recover. So make sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Tip 3 – Eat Right and Exercise
At this point, you might be thinking this article title should have been How to Stay in Good Health… not good vocal health. But like I said earlier, you are your instrument. So really, there’s not much of a difference.
It’s common knowledge that in order to get the most out of your body, you need to eat well and exercise. The same is true for your singing voice. Eating a healthy diet and exercising gives you energy and helps you feel vibrant. It also makes you less like to have issues with reflux, allergies, or even getting sick. The more you take care of yourself with diet and exercise, the healthier you and your voice will be. It just makes sense.
All that said, I hope you’ve found this article helpful. Feel free to like or share it with singers you think might benefit from it. And naturally, if you’d like help training your voice, look deeper into our skype singing lessons website.