By Teachers, For Teachers
When was the last time that you had a cold? Considering you are surrounded by children who sneeze, cough and wipe their noses on just about any part of their bodies, it may just be a miracle if you answered that you are healthy and have not had a cold in a while. As a teacher, we require a lot of energy, as well as classroom management, to do our job effectively. When there is a lack of sleep or exercise, then all of these germs that we are exposed to everyday will take up all of the energy that we reserve in our bodies, we will not have anything to draw from to help us get through the day. In order to get through our long school days we need energy and a lot of it. Here are the top 5 classroom management ways that you can stay healthy fit this school year.
In order to be heathy and not catch all of those pesky germs that are lurking in our classroom, we need to start the day off right. This means to hydrate as soon as we get up (and no this does not mean with coffee). Drink a tall glass of water before your morning coffee to wake your body up and help push those toxins out. Then try and sneak in a few yoga poses or a quick HIIT (high intensity internal training) workout to help jumpstart your day and get your body up and moving. When you start the day off on the right foot, then you feel better and have more energy all throughout the day.
Eat breakfast. We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of day, but still so many of us skip it. It’s usually because we are such busy moms (or dads) or we just forget to eat. However, doctors wouldn’t recommend it so much if they didn’t know how important it is for us to fuel our bodies. Try doing a Sunday meal prep when you pre-make protein pancakes and freeze them or make healthy muffins or granola bars for the week. By meal prepping, your breakfast you can just pretty mush grab and go and you are out the door. You can also meal prep your lunches and dinners too. This way when you get home from work all you have to heat up your food and you already know it’s healthy.
Keeping your body moving throughout the day doesn’t have to be hard, it’s actually quite easy especially with the technology that we have today to help us keep track of out steps. Being sedentary and teaching from your desk is an absolute no-no. Get up and walk around the classroom as you teach. Walking is an easy and low-impact way to keep your heart healthy and doesn’t hurt that exercise is known to benefit your mind and body as well. Not only will you get to your daily required steps (which is a recommended 10,000 according to the American Heart Association), but you will be able to monitor your students better.
The last thing on a busy teacher’s mind is how much sleep they are going to get. Between creating lessons plans and grading papers, then coming home to take care of a family, sleep is usually the first thing that gets put on the back burner. However, without a recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night, it will be almost impossible to function at your normal level and capabilities. If you want all of your mental (and physical) functions working properly, then you need to make sure that you get at least seven hours of sleep at night. A really good night’s sleep will have you feeling at your best the following day. Try going to bed an hour earlier and make sure that you don’t bring your electronics like your smartphone to bed with you. Research has shown that it disrupts your sleep cycle and doesn’t allow your brain to wind down to sleep. So make sure that you put away those electronics to ensure that you get a restful night’s sleep each night.
When was the last time that you took a power nap, or at least a few minutes for yourself, to just sit back and relax? Teachers are always trying to juggle it all and oftentimes that results in feeling burned out. However, if you took the time to rest and relax by taking a few minutes a day for yourself, then not only would you not feel burned out, but you would feel better and be healthier because of it. When you are tired, take a break. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
The teachers who have followed these five tips have reported that they not only feel better physically, but mentally as well. Take time for yourself, even if it’s just for ten minutes a day. Get enough sleep, eat healthy (it’s OK to cheat once in a while) exercise and daily and start your morning off on the right foot. When you do all of these things, you will be less likely to catch any of those pesky school germs, believe me.
Do you have any healthy tips for teachers to stay fit? Please share what works for you in the comment section below, we would love to heat your ideas.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds master's of science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Skyword. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.