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Tips to protect yourself this cold and flu season

As a teacher, I am constantly worried about getting sick.  You would think that with eighth-grade students who range from thirteen to fifteen, that they would be conscious of their germs.  But, they’re not!  The flu is going around HARD this year and so far, I’ve been lucky not to catch.  I’m just hoping that I won’t catch it at all.  If you are in the same boat as me, here are some tips I’ve found for keeping your self healthy this cold and flu season.

Clean, a lot!

Over the summer there is always a time when Lysol wipes go on sale on Amazon.  I buy a few boxes and keep them in my classroom to last me the school year.  At least once per week, more if necessary, I lysol all of my desks, my computers and any where else the kids may touch.  Pro-tip: Don’t forget the door knobs!  They can be the germiest of all!

Another tip that seems obvious is, wash your hands!  Hand sanitizer only kills some germs, we still need to make sure that we are washing our hands with soap and water.

Drink a lot of water

One of the biggest tips I’ve received from doctors, and nurses is to stay hydrated!  I feel like this is the answer to a lot of problems that we have.  Staying hydrated can help your immune system stay strong.

Personally, I hate drinking plain, flat water.  I try to mix it up by drinking seltzer water, herbal tea, and other caffeine free hydrating drinks.  I also occasionally get a low calorie Gatorade, I have no idea if it actually helps because I’m still trying to figure out electrolytes, but it gives me piece of mind.

Sleep, sleep, sleep!

Just like staying hydrated, getting enough sleep is a way to keep our bodies healthy and our immune systems strong.  They recommend adults get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night.  This is where I struggle the most.  I am good at going to bed on time, but I have a hard time falling asleep, and staying asleep.

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