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Protecting your instrument: 5 Tips for vocal health this flu season

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1. Prevention

Prevention is your first line of defence against illness, so step 1 is to build up that immune health as much as you can! Ensuring your regular diet and routine is healthy and consistent is key! Incorporate immune-boosting foods like citrus, fruits, greens and nuts into your diet! Taking vitamins and supplements is a fantastic way to boost your immune health! Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin C, are just some of the plethora of vital elements that will help keep you fit and singing this year! Remember, a singer's body is their instrument, be kind to your body this flu season!

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2. Listen to Your Body

Pay attention to any signs of vocal discomfort or strain, such as hoarseness, pain, or difficulty speaking. Ignoring these warning signs can lead to more severe vocal issues down the line. If you're experiencing these symptoms, rest and rejuvenation is the best course of action to ensure a fast recovery! Take a look at tip number 3 for what else to do if you start experiencing these symptoms!

3. Steam, Warm Tea and Vocal Massages

Incorporating warm tea, steam, and vocal massages into your routine can be transformative for both recovery and prevention from illness. Warm tea, such as herbal blends with honey and lemon, not only soothes the throat but also provides hydration essential for maintaining vocal cord elasticity. Inhaling steam, whether from a bowl of hot water or a steam inhaler, helps to moisturise the vocal cords, relieving tension and promoting healing. Additionally, vocal massages, when done gently and with proper technique, can alleviate strain and improve circulation to the vocal folds, aiding in faster recovery from vocal fatigue or strain. Together, these natural remedies form a powerful arsenal against vocal ailments, supporting singers in maintaining the clarity, flexibility, and strength of their voices.


4. Warm-up and Cool-down

Prioritising vocal warm-ups and cool-downs is non-negotiable when it comes to maintaining vocal health and longevity. Just like an athlete wouldn't start a race without stretching their muscles, singers shouldn't launch into singing without properly preparing their vocal cords. Warm-up routines should ideally begin with gentle exercises to ease tension and gradually awaken the voice. Humming, lip trills, and sirens, are just some of the fantastic exercises you can use to limber up your vocal cords and prevent strain. Dedicating time to a post-singing cool-down is equally crucial. Just as a warm-up prepares your voice for performance, a cool-down helps to reset and relax not only your vocal muscles after your session, but also your mind!

5. Mastering Technique

Pay attention to your vocal technique to prevent unnecessary strain on your vocal cords. Practice proper breathing techniques to support your voice and avoid relying solely on your throat muscles. Maintain good posture to ensure optimal airflow and resonance. If you're unsure about your technique, We are here to give you guidance!


By following these tips and prioritising your vocal health, you can ensure that your voice remains strong, clear, and expressive for years to come. Remember, your voice is an invaluable instrument—treat it with care and respect.


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