Vocal health is very important when it comes to singing professionally but especially when it comes to practicing. Part of practicing good singing technique is practicing good vocal health.
Like any other instrument, your voice will have wear and tear over time from extraneous use so one of my main pieces of advice is to listen to your body and listen to your voice. Does your voice sound tired? Does it hurt when you sing? Can you not easily sing notes that were easy the day before? All of these are important questions to ask if you find yourself struggling practicing at home. If the answer to any of those questions was yes, then you need to alter the way you are practicing that day so your voice will have a chance to recover. Now some people will say that you need to immediately stop sing and stop talking all together in order for your voice to recover. While there is merit to this thought process, it’s not always necessary to push it to that extreme. This idea of “vocal rest” is for extreme cases but for most cases there is a way for singers to modify their approach to singing in order to sing in a healthier way.
A couple tips I have to sing in a “healthier” way include;