These recommendations are important to observe all the time, and they are especially important if you have an allergy attack or a cold. You’ll find more about all these topics in my other blog posts, but here’s a list for a quick reminder:
1. Practice abdominal-diaphragmatic breathing to decrease tension in the laryngeal area. (Check my video or my book, BROADCAST VOICE HANDBOOK, if you’re unclear on what this type of breathing is like.)
2. Keep your vocal tract moist by drinking half your body weight in ounces of fluid a day (for more on fluid intake ck out this earlier post.) These guidelines on healthy adults who exercise. If you have any medical conditions that might be affected by a potassium-sodium imbalance you should get your doctor’s advice on fluid consumption.
3. Do not smoke or expose yourself to the smoke of others.
4. Limit throat clearing and coughing. Did you read this post on the dangers of coughing?
5. Avoid milk products two hours before on-air work. Stop eating at least two hours before you go to bed to avoid the possibility of gastric reflux.
6. Do not talk loudly or yell in noisy environments such as sporting or music events. Check out the second blog post below this one for a video about the damage yelling can cause in your throat.
7. Avoid mouth breathing except for speech.
8. If you do become hoarse, limit your talking and use a breathy voice not a whisper.
9. Use a pitch that is comfortable and does not cause vocal fatigue. If you get hoarse after a day of voicing, you may be using an unnatural pitch.
10. See a physician if hoarseness, pain, or odd sensations in the throat last for more than two weeks. Take hoarseness seriously.