Five Tips for Teachers Staying Healthy This Cold Season
Let’s face it—every classroom is a germ farm. Even medical professionals seem to get sick less often than teachers. And, for some reason, any bug you pick up around school seems to mutate into a stronger species once it hits you. Teachers staying healthy is important for everyone involved in every school system, so here are some tips!
Hand Sanitizer is Not the Only Solution
Hand sanitizer is now ubiquitous among medical classroom supplies, but has there really been a significant drop in illnesses in recent years? That’s not to say hand sanitizer isn’t effective, but it shouldn’t be your only line of defense.
Hand sanitizer does not replace hand washing. If you have trouble remembering to wash your hands, try making it a self-pampering treat by investing in some fancy soaps and creams.
One place where sanitization has improved is in the fight against germs living on surfaces. Divert some of your hand sanitizer budget for antibacterial wipes, then assign a few students the job of “germ fighter.” With regular use, you will start to see a healthier classroom.
Teachers Staying Healthy Means Drinking Lots and Lots of Water
Water is the transmission fluid of your immune system, and hydration is key to staying healthy. However, some teachers—even though they spend the day speaking—are afraid to drink many fluids for fear of having to take mid-class bathroom breaks.
Drinking water and staying healthy is worth the effort of working out some sort of bathroom class-monitoring arrangement with your fellow teachers. Consider investing in one of those fancy mugs that keep drinks cool or warm all day. If you need to flavor the water with tea or mixes, do it!
Allergies Aren’t Just Allergies
Many people get stuffed up during allergy season and have learned to work around it during those times of the year. The problem is that congestion and other symptoms of allergies actually work to keep germs inside your body, increasing the chance that an allergic attack transforms into a cold.
Over-the-counter allergy remedies are designed to combat the onset of symptoms. If you want to stop attacks before they start, consult your doctor (preferably one who deals with the ear, nose, and throat). Corticosteroids and a daily medication may keep allergy season at bay.
Exercise In and Out of the Room
Getting the blood flowing helps the immune system fight off germs. Moving around the classroom is good pedagogical practice, but it can also keep you healthy. Get your students involved by incorporating stretching breaks or yoga into your lessons. For more vigorous exercise without going to the gym, organize a before- or after-school walking group.
Teachers Staying Healthy Should Not Ignore a Bug
In the scramble to keep up with the demands of teaching, many educators try to ignore symptoms for as long as possible when they feel a bug coming on. However, that only makes sure the sickness will hit in full force.
The minute you feel something amiss, resolve that you will eat well for the rest of the day, drink plenty of water, take a nice bath or shower, and get to bed early. A stronger mind and body makes a greater challenge for any germ to infect.
Teachers Should Try Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy
Keeping yourself physically healthy doesn’t stop with germ-fighting practices—focusing on mental health is just as important! Check out these tips for teachers to “treat yo’self”!