Getting sick is never fun. It’s even less fun when you’re a voiceover artist. Whether it’s a stuffy nose, a sore throat, or a hoarse voice, you’re limited in your ability to record a quality voiceover. Worst case scenario would be if it developed right in the middle of a project you’re completing. Boosting your immunity can help prevent you from getting sick, and keep you getting voiceover projects done on a regular basis. Here are some important tips you can keep in mind to boost your immunity.
- Drink fluids consistently
Just as drinking fluids is good for when you’re recording voiceovers, it’s also good for boosting your immunity. In particular, drink lots of water. After sleeping, your body is dehydrated, so it’s good to start your day off with a glass of water. Non-caffeinated teas can also be useful for preventing sickness. Try finding some herbal teas that you can drink throughout the week. If you’re a person that drinks alcohol, be sure to only drink it in moderation. Too much of it can suppress your immune system, which makes it easier for you to catch an illness.
- Get regular exercise
Exercise is something we hear advised mainly for preventing some of the most serious illnesses, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. It’s also typically advised for weight control. While exercise is good for all of those things, it can significantly benefit your immune system as well. It promotes good blood circulation throughout the body. When you have good blood circulation, cells and substances that are a part of your immune system can move through your body more freely to do the job they’re supposed to. One study found that even just moderate exercise can boost your immunity and cut down on the number of colds you get in a year.
- Feel less stress
Feeling less stress is of course easier said than done. From our busy work schedules to our personal lives, there are many things that can increase our feelings of anxiety at any given moment. It’s important to try to manage and cope with it, because stress can reduce your immune system’s ability to fight off antigens. As a result, you become more susceptible to getting sick. There are a variety of ways you can manage your stress. It’s just a matter of doing something you find relaxing and enjoyable. For some of you that could be exercise or a walk in the park. For others of you, it could be taking a warm bath while reading a good book. Choose activities that make you feel relaxed and joyful, then find a way to make them a regular part of your daily schedule.
- Get a good amount of sleep
Sleep is your body’s time to perform its regenerative process. This regenerative process involves repairing your muscles, restoring your energy, and perhaps most importantly, boosting your immunity. A lack of sleep causes your body to produce less cytokines. These are a protein that are made to fight off infections and inflammation. It’s such a critical part of fighting off sickness, that even the flu vaccine is less effective if you don’t get enough sleep. Try to get around six to eight hours of sleep daily, so your body’s immune system can make all the cytokines you need to help prevent sickness. In addition, it might also be a good idea to take 30 minute naps in your day, as this can reduce stress, and thus keep your immune system strong.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
When it comes to eating a healthy and balanced diet, vegetables and fruits are a good place to start. These are foods that are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants can boost your overall health and also help to prevent the flu, infections, and other viruses. In particular, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and berries have anti-inflammatory properties that build up the defense of your immune system. Fish and nuts possess these anti-inflammatory properties as well.
In general, foods that have lots of vitamin C, probiotics, and zinc are the best foods to eat to strengthen your immune system. Foods that are high in probiotics, such as sauerkraut and yogurt, can reduce your likelihood of developing a respiratory infection, and also reduce the duration of it. In addition to eating healthier, you should also minimize less healthy foods in your diet as well. Processed foods and high-sugar foods can decrease the strength of your immune function. Before you start any changes to your diet, always be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.
As voiceover artists, staying healthy is a key part of our success. The pitch, tone, and sound of your voice can be impacted greatly when you’re sick. The more often that you’re sick, the more often you’ll miss out on voiceover projects and not earn any income. It’s important to follow all of these tips to boost your immune system and help prevent sickness from happening.