13 Sep Drink water…
Your brain is 80% water… so always have a bottle/jug in your study area. Drink little sips of water, once in a while, even if you don’t feel thirsty. It is good for your attention span and memory.
Water is not only good for brain function, but also for your voice, as it keeps your vocal cords lubricated and strong. Lack of sleep, as well as fatigue, have a negative effect on our voice. If you are hoarse, do not use your voice. This is particularly difficult to say to a freelance interpreter, as we sometimes cannot refuse an assignment, but it is our main tool, instrument for work and we should care for it as much as we can.
Singing exercises can do wonders not only for your voice but also for your soul! So, give them a try.
I enjoy Jeff Rolka’s voice warm-up exercises for different voice types very much!
Check his YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/jtrolka
You can do them while you are having a break, or going for a walk.
Next time you sit in front of your computer, don’t forget to bring a glass of water with you!