Whether it is yoga, going to the gym, or having a cup of coffee, take time to breathe and be in the moment. Teachers spend so much time throughout the day caring for everyone else that many of us do not take proper care of ourselves. This can cause anxiety, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, depression, and fatigue.
Starting the day by doing something for yourself can help you focus on the task at hand, put your day in the right perspective, and alleviate stress.
2. Drink more water and always have healthy snacks available.
I know, I know. Since we are responsible for caring for students, teachers are pros at controlling the need to use the bathroom during instruction. Because of this, teachers are at greater risks of urinary tract infections, which can lead to kidney damage if not treated. This is a health issue and therefore when you need to go, you need to go. Every opportunity that you have to use the restroom during the day, use it. If there is an emergency, call the office. They should be able to get someone to cover your classroom for a few minutes. Better yet, don’t allow it to become an emergency by going before it gets to that point. Drinking more water helps reduce fatigue, fights off sickness, and helps to promote clear thinking.
Since teachers are known for taking care of others before we take care of ourselves, many times we neglect to eat properly. Many times we forget to eat until our body reminds us to eat. That is why it’s so important to have quick, healthy snacks around. Eating regularly helps us maintain energy levels, helps to regulate our metabolism, increase focus, and it reduces crankiness, and cravings. These snack foods are always good to have around:
Nuts - good source of energy, protein, fiber, fat, and some can even help prevent diseases.
Fruits - increases for energy, and other vitamins and minerals.
Raisins - high in vitamin B, iron, and potassium.
Carrots - packed with vitamin A and protects eye health and vision.
Sweet potatoes -try cutting up sweet potatoes into fries or slices and eat them raw! They are a good source of vitamin A and can help reduce blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels.
Granola bars -can regulate sugar levels and be a good source of fiber and protein.
3. Visit your doctor regularly.
Teachers tend to neglect ourselves in caring for others, and many times it takes a doctor to identify health risk or for us to take our health seriously. A better reason to see a doctor regular is to prevent health risk. Many doctor’s offices will allow you to make late day appointments so that you do not have to miss time away from work. Some offices have evening hours which are even better for some teachers. My doctor has Saturday and Sunday appointments available which are perfect for my schedule. Whatever your scheduling needs are there is a physician’s office that can accommodate you.
Teacher care now starts with small steps to put you first. Your students and your family deserve the best you that you can be, and it all starts with -Teacher Care Now!