***DISCLAIMER*** I am not a doctor, just a teacher sharing some healthy living tips. Always consult your doctor before trying any new exercise regime, medications or vitamins.
As teachers, we are constantly being exposed to germs, bugs, viruses in our daily profession. We must be diligent in monitoring our health to ensure we are giving our best to our students, families and ourselves. Below are my top tips for staying healthy.
- Wash your hands before any food touches your mouth. Take 30 seconds to wash or sanitize your hands before lunch break.
- Keep your loan items (pens, pencils, rulers, calculator, erasers etc) separate from your daily use items. It is amazing how germs live on surfaces!
- Ask your doctor about taking a multi-vitamin.
- Keep your home cupboards stocked with chicken noodle or vegetarian soup plus tea. Drink/eat these items the moment you feel under the weather. Alternately, keep a box of soup at school to drink as a snack.
- Eat breakfast. No time? Bring instant oatmeal to work or try a breakfast smoothie and drink it on the go.
- Keep an extra sweater, mittens, sun hat, toque, socks, rain boots, umbrella in your car or classroom closet. You never know when the weather might change or an unexpected school event occurs. Always be prepared!
- Laugh daily. Read the comics, listen to the comedy station, ask your students to tell you a joke.
- Sleep. I go to bed at 9 pm EST. No joke. I am up at 6 am EST daily so I need my sleep. If you do not sleep properly it will catch up with you. I remember my first few years of teaching and staying up late to create lesson plans or grade papers. It was not productive time!
- Stay active. I know at the end of the day is NOT the time when you want to haul yourself to the gym (I sure don’t). Here are some gym alternatives: go for a walk during your lunch break, walk the dog after work quickly, exercise before school, take your class for a walk. In Ontario, we have to teach fitness for 20 minutes each day. This would be a perfect time to go for a walk or participate in a fitness activity with your class.