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Stay-Healthy Tips for Teachers

Educators teach because they’re compelled to help children, teens, and even adults realize their potential and pass on their own experiences and talents for the benefit of society. But despite this noble commitment, teachers aren’t often rewarded enough. Salaries are relatively low, students talk back, teachers are sometimes distant or completely absent, and the bureaucracy involved in public and private education is tedious at best and maddening at worst. Plus, there’s a high risk of getting sick.

Lower-elementary school teachers are surrounded by small children who aren’t enlightened enough about correct and frequent hand-washing, or even using tissues to wipe their noses. Snot, spit and other germs smear over toys, tables, cubbies and arts and crafts, which teachers have to pick up and put away. Teachers of older students and teenagers have a constant cycle of students coming in and going out of their classrooms each day, sometimes coming into contact with 100+ students a day, not including the kids they bump into in the halls or meet during club meetings and extracurriculars.

So how you can you stay healthy? Impose strict hand washing, tissue-using, correct sneezing rules in your classroom. Put boxes of tissues around the classroom and teach your students to sneeze into them, and then throw them away. Keeping hand sanitizer on your desk can also be a quick fix for hand washing when you can’t leave your room. Always wash your hands before and after you eat, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Spraying Lysol on and wiping down commonly used surfaces around your classroom — like doorknobs, the community stapler, and computer keyboards — will also help minimize the spread of germs.

Taking vitamin C supplements, drinking green tea, and getting plenty of exercise and sleep can also help to boost your immune system during cold and flu season. Adopt healthier eating habits to give your body a natural germ-fighting shield against your students and grimy school surfaces. And if you’re starting to feel sick, get a sub — you don’t want to be responsible for getting all of your kids and co-workers sick.

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