Ugh. Winter. I don't know about you, but I find winter can be a very difficult season-- physically, psychologically, and even vocally! Winter can be a tricky time for the voice for many reasons. Being cold means we tend to brace more physically, and since voice is created muscularly, tensions in the body can have an impact on how easy it is to make sound. Certain types of heating can dry out the vocal folds. If you're suffering from 'winter doldrums,' the lack of energy that comes with that can even impact the voice-- as when the body loses energy, so does the voice. And of course, there's always illness, which can lead to hoarseness and temporary voice loss.
So if you are a 'professional voice user'-- someone who has to speak frequently throughout the day-- here are some tips for taking care of your voice during winter time.
These are some general tips, and future blog posts will explore other vocal health care issues more in-depth. Do you have other ideas or questions about how to take care of your voice in winter?
In the mean time, I'm noticing the days are starting to get a little longer. Spring is not too far away...
(image from www.inchoir.co.uk)