23 Dec 5 Tips For a Healthy and Vocal Christmas
Written by Sally Prosser
If you don’t make time for voice care this Christmas, you might just find yourself without one.
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle, I’ve got my five tips to keep you in full voice these holidays.
1. STAY HYDRATED
It’s easy for your vocal cords to take a hit during the season of rich foods and alcohol galore. The golden rule to keep your voice crystal clear is to drink more water. It’s that simple! Just down a glass or two of H2O between your more ‘merry’ drinks.
When your Spotify hits Mariah or Buble – let your voice out and sing like no-one’s listening. One of the best ways to take care of your voice, is to USE IT! Singing gets the vocal cords moving, the breath flowing and the endorphins, serotonin and dopamine firing.
3. LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE
This holiday season check-in with yourself for warning signs your voice is going downhill. This could mean your throat is feeling scratchy or you might have a delicious build-up of phlegm that isn’t usually there. Instead of ignoring these signs and powering on, smash the water and rest your instrument.
4. SPEAK YOUR FEELINGS
Tell your loved ones you love them! If the food is amazing, verbalise it to the chef! And even though it might upset the family lunch, consider expressing your opinion and saying how you feel. Holding your voice in and feeling like you can’t speak up is a recipe for blocking your throat chakra which leads to further communication issues down the road.
5. CELEBRATE YOUR VOICE
It’s the season to rejoice and that includes … your voice! It’s the perfect time of year to take a moment to be grateful for the privilege of having a voice – both literally and metaphorically. The more you appreciate and celebrate your voice, the more it will be there for you when you need it most.
ABOUT SALLY PROSSER
Sally Prosser is a voice and public speaking coach with 12 years’ experience in media, including TV and radio news reporting and PR – acting as spokesperson for one of Australia’s largest water companies. She helps professionals and business owners speak with confidence – from stepping on stage to speaking on podcasts to showing up online and in the boardroom.
Sally is also a Tedx Speaker coach helping thought leaders present their big idea with impact. In 2020 she was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year for PR & Media in Queensland and has a TikTok following of more than 340K.