When I first started teaching, I was 23 years old, had all the energy in the world, and felt unstoppable. That is, until I inevitably got sick as a dog each and every time a break came around.
Thanksgiving week? Cold.
Winter break? Flu.
Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend? Bronchitis.
I would go-go-go while school was in session and keep it together just until I had a moment to breathe, and then all of my defenses would go down and whatever sickness was going around would possess my body like a poltergeist. It. Was. Awful.
Finally, I started taking better care of myself and began to actually enjoy my ENTIRE time off during breaks, rather than recovering from the latest illness. Mind you, it took until I was a mom of two (not one… TWO…) in order for much of this to click in my thick old head, but alas!
And you know what? It really wasn’t all that hard - just a few changes here and there, and some mindfulness in other places, and I can safely say the number of viruses I catch each year has drastically declined. (If you could all please do a little knocking on all the wood around you right now, I’d greatly appreciate it…)
Here are my top 3 tips for avoiding sickness as a teacher:
Use and keep to yourself your own writing utensils.
Clean your area every. single. day.
If you feel it coming, drop everything and go to sleep.
Take a quick look at this video where I explain them in detail, and scroll down below for my favorite sickness remedy (other than going night-night, that is)!
No matter how hard we try, there are some viruses that just want to take hold, and when they do there isn’t often a whole lot we can do about it. One of my favorite remedies for anything from the common cold to the full-blown flu is hot water with homemade lemon & ginger infused honey. (Click HERE for the recipe.)
I drink this stuff like it’s going out of style when I don’t feel well! It is soothing from the heat and the lemon, gives you a tiny bit of energy from the honey when you can’t really eat, and has the germ-fighting power of the ginger.
What are your go-to’s to avoid sickness? Please share in the comments below!