Although there are several ways to improve your voice while reading out loud, deep breathing heightens awareness of your breathing and decreases tension, both of which decrease the risk of straining your voice. Proper breathing requires preparation and practice.
- Assume the proper posture
Sit in a chair, lean forward, and relax your stomach muscles. This loosens your abdominal muscles.
- Fill up with air
Breathe in through your nose. Fill your abdomen with air before filling your lower ribs. Your stomach and ribcage should expand. Hold the breath for 10 seconds.
Let the breath out slowly. Tighten your abdomen while keeping your ribcage expanded.
- Repeat steps 1 through 3
Repeat the process as many times as needed until you believe you have mastered it.
- Perform deep breathing while standing
After mastering the process of deep breathing, incorporate it into your everyday speech by practicing it while standing up. Using the technique while reading out loud will decrease the risk of strain.