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Tips from Substitute Teachers on Staying Healthy!

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As a substitute teacher, you're exposed to all kinds of nasty bugs every day. However, as a substitute, you need to stay healthy so you can take the place of the teacher when he/she is out sick! Check out the list below from the SubSuggestions Newsletter for a compilation of suggestions from substitute teachers on how to stay healthy and stay in the classroom.

Tips from Substitute Teachers on Staying Healthy! (Remember, these tips are from teachers, not healthcare professionals)

  1. Wash Hands
  2. Sleep
  3. Exercise
  4. Get flu shot
  5. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer
  6. Eliminate soda drinks from your daily regimen
  7. Drink lots of water throughout the day
  8. Catch everything once, then you won't get sick again
  9. I take EmergenC
  10. Ride a bicycle to work. Meaning, GET SOME EXERCISE.
  11. When traveling about a busy high school filled with 3,500 students, if there are two doors going to a hallway, always open the left door. Since most people are right-handed, these doorknobs (left ones) get used the least amount (just look at the way the paint wears).
  12. Keep the door open and heater on even if just vent and to keep fresh air in room
  13. Cold-Eeze cough drops!
  14. I take the herbal supplement Oregano Oil in capsule form
  15. I make sure I cough into my elbow/sleeve and wash my hands with soap and water.
  16. Drink lots of water and orange juice
  17. I always take some extra Vitamin C before going into the elementary classrooms
  18. Attitude helps me the most
  19. I wipe down all of the tables, phones, computer keyboards, etc. with antibacterial wipes at the start and end of the day
  20. Dress warmly
  21. Send students to the nurse if they complain of sore throats or headaches and have been coughing.
  22. If we get sick, we, as teachers, should stay home so that we do not spread any cold or flu
  23. Eat Satsumas, which contain more Vitamin C than a regular orange.
  24. Eat a cup of frozen blueberries plus a pro-biotic everyday
  25. Keep hands away from face
  26. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
  27. Make sure to eat healthy snacks periodically throughout the day so your energy level stays up and your body stays stronger
  28. Using a nasal sinus rinse helps me tremendously
  29. Take vitamins
  30. I utilize zinc-type remedies (Ziacam) immediately when symptoms start
  31. Laugh
  32. I carry a bottle of water so I'm not tempted to drink from the water fountain
  33. I take Airborne
  34. Maintain a positive attitude! I do this by surrounding myself with positive people, nurturing my spirit, and by giving to others and to my community.
  35. When I come home and before I hold my son I shower and throw my clothes in the wash.
  36. Get your daily dose of sunshine (take a 15 minute walk or sit near a sunny window for the same length of time and as often as possible).
  37. I carry a small side purse and have my own pens, pencils, highlighters, markers for the board, so I don't have to use the teachers. If they are out sick there's most probably a hefty amount of germs spread around the classroom and all she/he has touched.
  38. I gargle twice daily with HOT salt water. Bacteria cannot multiply in a saline solution.
  39. I take Reliv everyday.
  40. My father, who has been a plumber at a major university for over 15 years, recommends taking your own lunch so that any germs in the cafeteria or kitchen are not consumed directly.

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