Most of us neglect our speaking voice because speaking is a part of life. However if you have had laryngitis in your life, or episodes of hoarseness, that may be the time you appreciate your voice. As we grow older, we tend to form bad habits which are hard to reverse. This blog will discuss some of the do’s and dont’s of taking care of your voice.
1. DO- BE CONSCIOUS OF THE QUALITY OF YOUR VOICE
Be conscious of the pitch of your voice. Try to speak in a natural, unstrained manner, not too high, not too low. Be conscious of the volume of your voice as well. If you are talking to one person, you can go near that person and talk in a moderate volume. Be conscious of the speed you are talking in as well: a faster speed may result in a more strained voice.
2. DON’T: TRY TO TALK OVER A LOUD ENVIRONMENT
If you are a teacher, ask the class to keep quiet first before talking to the class; do not shout over the noise. If you are a call center agent, make sure that your environment is not that loud. Be conscious when shouting while trying to talk in a bar or a concert. You may wait for the music to go down, or you can step outside the noisy place.
3. DO : LEARN TO REST
If you are a voice professional, learn to rest your voice when you are not at work. Also, when you have hoarseness, do not push your voice because that will worsen your condition and make the recovery time longer.
4. DON’T: WHISPER
This is contrary to what most people think that whispering is good because it seems to be a lower volume of voice. When you whisper, you are actually straining your voice instead of helping it. Instead, speak in a natural manner, but with a lower volume.
5. DO: REALIZE THAT YOUR GENERAL HEALTH AFFECTS YOUR VOICE
A healthy diet and exercise affects not only your general health but also your voice. Conditions such as allergies, post-nasal drip and acid reflux are deleterious to your voice: if you have these conditions, have yourself treated by a doctor. Since your voice is very much dependent on the core and breathing, a good exercise routine will greatly help with voice production
6. DON’T: DRINK ALCOHOL OR SMOKE
Smoking and alcohol are bad. Enough said.
7. DON’T EAT FOOD EXTREMES
Be conscious about eating extremely spicy food and extremely sour food. They may irritate your throat. Also be conscious about eating or drinking extremely hot or extremely cold food and beverages.
8. DO: HYDRATE
Think of your vocal cords as a car engine. As your car engine needs oil to avoid rust in the gears, as well as for lubrication in the movement, your vocal cords need water to stay hydrated. A dry throat may be painful and may lead to the bad habit of throat clearing
9. DON’T: CLEAR YOUR THROAT
Clearing your throat only scratches the vocal cords together in a vigorous manner and may result in inflammation and swelling.
10. DO: CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
When you have hoarseness for more than 2 weeks, it is best that you go to your ENT doctor to have it diagnosed and properly treated.