Teachers require great reserves of energy to get through a normal school day.
However, when there is a lack of sleep, rest, the right food, excercise etc, the body has no energy reserves to draw from. In order to get through a school day and keep pace with boisterous children and enthusiastic colleagues, teachers need energy. And you can get this through following the 5 tips suggested below.
1. A Healthy Start
Start your day with two glasses of water instead of coffee or tea. Drinking water as soon as you wake up hydrates your body and helps it flush out toxins. Water does more to wake you up than any caffeinated beverage. Once you had your fill of water, you can drink tea or coffee later on with your breakfast. One more thing, remember to keep drinking water throughout the day, not just in the morning.
2. Eating The Right Food
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do your best not to skip it. Eating breakfast gives you energy that carries you through the rest of the day. Showing up to school cranky and hungry because you weren’t able to eat properly is going to be of no use to anyone. Breakfast need not be some elaborate spread which has you wake up at the crack dawn to cook. Instead, you can have upma, idlis, poha, or oats porridge, ragi malt, eggs, parathas etc.
3. Moving Around
Avoid standing stationary in the classroom. Move around when you are teaching and walk around the desks in the classroom. Not only does this keep your muscles from going stiff, it also will your students on the edge because they know your are being vigilant. Walking is a low-impact form of exercise which has many benefits. Walking strengthens your heart, keeps your weight in check, gives you energy and boosts your mood.
4. Snack On Healthy Food
If you feel hungry, have a healthy snack. As tempting as junk food seems, eating junk food when you are hungry only serves to make you feel hungrier later on. This does not mean that you have to give up on junk food completely. Do treat yourself. However, for instant energy, you can always depend on healthy snacks such as fruits, dry fruits, nut bars to pep you up.
5. Don’t Be Sedentary
Exercise is an important part of everyone’s life. And it is not as if you have to hit the gym and go through an intense workout. Infact you can do a few simple excercises sitting at your desk to keep yourself fit. Practice desk excercises such as shoulder spins, spinal stetches, ab squeezes etc. Even something as simple as taking the stairs wherever you go is a form a excercises that keeps you active and fresh.
6. A Full 8 Hours of Sleep
Without enough sleep, it is impossible to function or even use all of our mental faculties. The average person needs at least 8 hours of sleep so that they dont keel over the next day. Do your best to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep you are well-rested and ready to face the next day.
7. When Tired, Take Rest
You can be a super-teacher who is able to juggle everything, but at the end of the day, you are human too. When you are tired, dont slog through because there is something that needs to be finished. As a teacher, there is always going to be work that is pending. That is an inescapable fact and the sooner you come to terms with it, the better. Instead, when you are tired, close all your work, take a break, take a nap, do something else that does not require so much energy. Your mind and body will thank you for it at the end of the day.