Tis the season to sometimes... cry.
Tears can be
...happy (people getting engaged, finding out they have booked that gig or won that award, finding out the sickness is curable, hearing just the right song at just the right time, singing an emotionally relevant song to yourself, or just crying from sudden realization of gratitude and happiness)
...or sad (so many reasons... and tears help with unblocking pent up feelings and emotions that need to be expressed for well-being).
But if you have an impending singing or speaking gig... be careful. It's important to know how crying affects the voice:
- It swells the vocal cords. Swollen vocal cords do not work very effectively, period.
- Sinuses also swell. This gives the typical nasal sound, like when you have a cold or sinus infection.
- All kinds of vocal problems present... including limited range, impared vocal control and tone quality.
- It can lead to vocal damage. If even an infant crys too hard or long, the vocal cords can start to be injured. Long enough, it can turn into the beginning of nodes.
- It can take time for the cord swelling to go down. A lengthy period of crying, such as in mourning or from depressions, can cause rather chronic swelling that needs time to shrink. Voice rest is imperitive, not to mention physical rest and psychological peace.
Blessings to all.. may the peace and love of this holiday season lead only to happy tears.