As a teacher, stress is part of the job. A focus on health and wellness, however, has been shown to work wonders for the mind, body and classroom. It is well established in the business world that healthy people will be better at their jobs, leading to a healthier bottom line. And it is the same with teachers.
Teachers who focus on staying healthy are absent less frequently. A healthier and more energetic attitude is also a contagious model for happiness in the classroom.
For now, it is largely up to the individual teacher to pursue a more active and healthier lifestyle. But school districts are also getting involved in helping teachers get in shape. Recognizing that healthier teachers make for better teachers, some school districts actively encourage time for 30-minute walks. Health and wellness is stressed by many school districts and outside groups such as the American Heart Association.
One idea that has even been bandied about is partnerships with athletic apparel companies to outfit teachers in workout gear or uniforms. The idea is that teachers will not only have exercise on their mind, but they will also model a healthy lifestyle for their students.
So are you, as a teacher, ready to take the challenge and transform not just your mental outlook, but that of your students? Is being a healthier teacher on your personal agenda?
When it comes to hard work, and teaching is certainly that, the perception around work ethic has shifted. A good worth ethic now includes an emphasis on health and wellness. It is emphasized that to be an effective leader, a teacher needs to be strong in mind and body.
The road to becoming a transformed teacher is paved with being good to yourself. It is all about putting down the asphalt. Like many professionals in high-stress positions, developing a model for a healthy lifestyle will deepen your understanding of a healthy diet, exercise and stress management strategies.
Diet and exercise are the keys. Understanding the benefits of certain foods and the positive effects of daily exercise will go a long way toward social wellness.
With more teachers across the United States taking a personal approach to implementing health and wellness in both their daily lives and the classroom, courses designed around this concept are springing up.
These professional development courses exist to get teachers started on their new path to success by guiding them through many of the steps outlined above. So just do it, as they say.