1. Warm up! And I'm not just talking sweaters and coats... don't neglect warming up your voice, just like you would your muscles for any other physical exertion, before your performances or speeches.
2. Keep the vocal container protected! Wear a scarf and/or turtlenecks to keep your throat warm. I have a whole bunch of scarves from which I pick every time I go outdoors in winter. Windy days and cold night air can be vocal terrorists.
3. Hydrate! Just because you aren't sweating a lot doesn't mean your body and voice aren't dehydrating. Drink water and watery combinations just like you do in summer. The artificial heat really takes it out of you.
- Consider a humidifier... you can get a very cheap one and use it at least during the night. Hotels often have humidifiers available... ask at the front desk.
- Remember that cars, bus and airplane air is DRY. When you get to your destination, take a hot shower or bath and breathe in the steam.
5. Do something physical! It's so tempting to bundle up on the couch or at the computer and not move our bodies when we don't get outside as much. Find a regular physical exercise routine and DO IT.
6. Eat well! ...Especially plenty of lightly prepared or raw fruits and veggies, and lean plant and animal proteins. I drink a 'fresh juice' green drink every morning. Heavy meals take too much energy to digest... and undigested food builds up toxins in your body that can make it easier to fall prey to the microorganisms voices fear.
7. Understand the difference between a sore throat and laryngitis. If it hurts at your vocal cords when you speak or sing, try to go on voice rest as much as possible. If it's your throat tissue, try gargles, neti pot and other soothing solutions. And still watch for the throat pain to become vocal pain.
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If you have any tips for winter weather and voices, please share in the comments below this post online. Thanks!