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Be Selfish of your Health

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Be selfish of your health.

I am very selfish of my health. I have been known, during the run of a show or approaching a performance, to become a hermit. I try my best to avoid germs and put my health first.  I share drinks and water bottles with NO ONE. A singer must be healthy and refrain from contracting illnesses that may cause them to damage or strain their voices. Here is a simple guide to follow to put your health first as we approach the cold/flu/audition season!

  • WASH YOUR HANDS. I know this may sound VERY simple. If you are a performer you are often meeting new people and shaking their hands. Many singers are also using keyboards used by other musicians. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
  • We get sick when our immunity is compromised in some way. Moderate aerobic activity can help you flush bacteria out of your lungs and airway as you breathe deeply and raise white blood cell levels.
  • Singers (and all people) need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep makes you more prone to catching germs. Schedule in the appropriate amount of sleep even if that means saying no to seeing your friends. They know you are a singer, they will understand.
  • Many sources that have studied water intake suggest consuming about 2 liters or a half gallon of fluids per day. Fluids include juice, water and milk among others. There are also some foods that contain a high level of water. (watermelon, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges) There are fluids that act as a diuretic (flush fluids out of your body) like alcohol, anything that contains caffeine and certain foods like asparagus and green beans. Listen to your body and monitor the color of your urine. (Gross, I know but effective) If you are hydrated you should rarely feel thirsty.
  • STOP. DROP. AND REST. At the first sign of a cold or illness I cancel all lessons/work and go home and sleep. I’m not kidding. I used to “work through” the first signs of a cold or flu. I learned that this prolongs the duration of an illness. At the first sign of a sickness I go home, rest and pump my body with vitamin C. A body that is ill and fighting off an illness needs to rest. This has always worked for me to heal as fast as possible.

Submitted by LBWietig

 

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