Updated: Feb 17, 2021
Okay, so most of the country is experiencing some pretty bizarre weather. I swear, I'm now living in Chicago, Texas with temperatures in the teens and wind chill factors bringing us into negative temperatures.
Despite the local shops and grocery stores being closed, auditions are still going out and clients still need their work done, you still have things to accomplish! And don't think that just because you stay inside all day, this Arctic chill isn't going to affect your voice in some way. The drop in humidity will definitely dry out your vocal chords. So we need to protect them!
If you have to go outside, breathe through your nose. Keep that throat nice and moist! Make sure to stay hydrated. When the temps drop, you don't sweat as much so your body doesn't have the same reactions to thirst. (A big tip that you might be thirsty....you are craving salty foods). Take a chug of water and wait 10 minutes. If you are still craving the snack, then by all means. Who am I to stop you?
Another great way to keep those vocal chords lubed up is with a nice steamy shower. Ever wonder why you sound so great when singing
in there? (Besides the amazing acoustics?) Steam is the fastest way to lubricate your voice. Even faster than drinking water!
You might also want to take a look at your vents. When was the last time you cleaned them? All that extra dust blowing in while the heater is on is just going to undo all the hydrating and steaming you've been doing. So give 'em a quick wipe down. Then go in a drink more water (or tea...because it's still freezing!)
Then don't forget to warm up properly. Here's a fun video to walk you through.
Take care of yourself. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Blast your immune system with Vitamin C. This may also be a more natural way to boost your energy, too!
Still think this is all a bunch of hogwash? Please acquaint yourself with Dr. Gupta. The Voice Doctor. Take a look at some of the photos of damaged vocal chords. She is not someone you'd ever like to meet.