Teaching is a demanding profession which requires plenty of skill and both physical and mental stamina. The pressures of teaching can take a toll on the health of teachers who often put their own health on the backburner while juggling individual responsibilities as a teacher, parent, spouse or a son/daughter.
On the occasion of Teachers Day, we had the opportunity to have a word with Dr. Swati R. Hawaldar, Senior Manager at Address Health, and she was generous enough to share some tips for all teachers to keep going and remain strong, healthy and happy.
Your voice is your most important asset. As teachers, you are more prone to voice related problems.
Your profession often demands standing and sitting for long hours. A good posture, with weight control and regular exercise will keep your spine strong and stable and prevent back pain, neck pain and spinal problems.
As teachers, you will often end up doing intense near work involving reading, writing or working in front of a screen for long periods of time. Using digital screens reduces the no of times you blink your eyes. This puts a tremendous strain on your eyes.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away at a distance of at least 20 feet for at least 20 seconds.
This simple action which is often overlooked can protect you from many illnesses. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. It will prevent germs from entering your body. It reduces your risk of falling sick with coughs and colds, flu, H1N1 or stomach infections. Hand washing is called the ‘do-it- yourself’ vaccine. So, practice hand-washing and encourage all your students to do the same.
There are teachers who seek medical consultation for weakness, giddiness and tiredness. The stress of modern lifestyle spares nobody. Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and depression are on the rise.
Remember the flight attendant’s instructions on an airplane? “Put on your oxygen masks first before helping others”. To be able to be deliver the best to your students invest in yourself.
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