5 Ways Teachers Can Stay Healthy this Fall

“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will
heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and
– Jeremiah 33:6 NIV

Fall is a beautiful time of year. It is one of my favorites because of the turning of the leaves, fresh apple cider, football season, and cooler weather. With all of those great things comes a downside. Many people, especially teachers become sick in the fall. It never fails that around October, I always get sick! No matter how long I have taught, whether I have had the flu shot or not, I still get sick! No one likes to make lesson plans for a sub when they are already ill, especially at three or four in the morning.

All educators should prepare to be sick once the cooler weather sets in . A week or two within the school year, create a sub-plan packet with procedures written down ahead of time.

Planing Ahead for When You Are Sick

Have detailed lesson plans about routines and procedures for fire drills
and tornado drills, and a list of students with medical needs already in place before you become sick. Have extra activities for a sub to do with your students in case they finish their work early. Check out this resource for preparing lesson plans for substitute teachers.

Make sure you have a detailed emergency lesson plan that has
extra copies in case you are too sick or have to run out of town before
making lesson plans. If you are able to make your sub plans ahead of
time but can’t get to school, email your mentor or another grade level
teacher, and they can help you out by printing materials and getting
things set up for you. Remember to get the chocolate or a beverage of
their choice for helping you out!

Make sure you are able to access the online substitute teacher system that your district has in place. Talking to the secretaries or other teachers, you should be able to get a list of preferred substitutes who work well in your building, and put these numbers in your phone in case of an emergency or when you need that mental health day!

Ways to Stay Healthy During the Fall Months

I will be the first to say that I seem to always get sick in the fall and spring. With little children running around my house I seem to get sick more often and for a longer period of time. When you are exposed to a whole school of students each day, many of whom are sick as well, the odds seem stacked against you in staying healthy. Here are some tips that seem to work for me and other teachers during the cold and flu seasons:

  • Workout Early– We are all pretty tired at the end of the day and I know once I hit the couch I won’t be able to get back up!
  • Increase your Vitamin D– In the summer we are usually outside a lot and the sunshine gives us our daily need of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption and boots immune system functions.
  • Stay Hydrated– Once we get back into the classrooms or outside in the cooler air, we often do not drink enough water. This can make us dehydrated so try and drink a lot of water throughout the day.
  • Eat Fruits in Season– local fruits that are in season not only taste better, but they do not have to travel as far. This means you will get a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals!
  • Take time to Relax– Enjoy time with family and friends! Take time to rest and sleep in to help your body recharge after those long first days in the classroom!

I hope to incorporate more of these healthy tips this year as I get into the first weeks of teaching and the cooler weather. The better you can take care of yourself, the more you will be to serve your students and your own family.

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