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Be a Better Sub by Staying Healthy This Winter

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Winter is upon us full force, and that means there are a variety of viruses going around. A substitute teacher is so important during these months because they are the ones that need to come in and continue educating students when the regular teacher is out with a cold, flu, or stomach bug. For this reason, substitute teachers have to be especially careful to stay healthy because calling in sick is usually not an option. Use these tips to strengthen your immune system and be a better sub during cold and flu season.

  1. Get plenty of rest. Aim for 8 hours each night, and if you feel an illness coming on, strive for more.
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables to boost nutrient content.
  3. Cut back on sugar, which weakens the immune system.
  4. Exercise regularly. Those who have a regular work-out regimen get sick less often.
  5. Drink more water to cleanse the body and keep hydrated.
  6. Drink in moderation and stop smoking.
  7. Manage stress. Do whatever works for you to keep it under control, whether that be yoga, meditation, or watching a good comedy.
  8. Take a multi-vitamin. This will fill in the gaps when your diet isn't giving you everything you need.
  9. Add an immunity booster, such as Emergen-C or Airborne.
  10. Get a flu shot. It's not too late! According to flu.gov the flu season can extend into the spring, so it's still appropriate to get a flu shot now.
Of course, it is important to wash hands regularly, and keep a bottle of waterless hand sanitizer handy for when you can't get to a sink. Teach students to sneeze into their elbow to stop the spread of germs and to dispose of tissues when they are done with them.

While you can't eliminate all the germs around you, you can take steps to make sure you reduce your chance of catching a cold or flu. If your goal is to stay healthy, be a better substitute teacher, and acquire more jobs this year, follow these steps and stay healthy!

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