Teach well, be well
Teachers spend many hours standing, as well as bending and moving around in general. With so much time spent on your feet, it’s no wonder that many teachers struggle with pain in areas such as shoulders, necks and knees. Having to deal with pain can impact our mood and productivity. Thankfully, many schools are starting to be aware of this risk and providing more ergonomic tools for teachers to protect themselves. Here are some other ways to reduce stress on our bodies.
Teachers can be prone to viral infections, as they interact with many students every day. In fact, many teachers report getting sick very often in their first few years of work! While working with children means there may be no way of eliminating that risk, some suggested ways teachers can reduce the risk include
- washing hands more often
- least try to get at 8 hours of sleep – your immune system works better when you’re well-rested
- steer clear of common surfaces like the water fountain and door knobs. Thankfully, many teachers report getting less sick often after a few years at the job, as their bodies have learnt how to resist the viruses.
Voice disorders are a common issue for teachers, who have to project their voices over loud classrooms. Some teachers might experience losing their voices for a few days a year and are unable to attend work because of it. While it might seem like a “minor” occupational inconvenience, if care is not taken, these voice disorders can be permanent. For some tips on how to protect your voice in a noisy classroom, check out some tips on how to reduce the risk.