Cold weather is setting in which signals the beginning of cold and flu season. No one enjoys being sick and it is one thing people prefer you not to share.
Teachers and students need to be at the best of their game in order for productive teaching and learning.
We've rounded up a few tips to keep you, your family and your classroom germ-free this winter.
1. Avoid stress
The first step to a healthy body is an immune system that's at the ready. Stress makes the body work in overdrive, which lowers its ability to fight off germs you may encounter. You could try daily meditation to help calm your body and mind.
2. Get the flu shot
Guided by your GP and personal preference, getting a yearly flu shot can be an effective method in infection control.
3. Keep clean
Dispose of tissues swiftly and appropriately. Wash your hands well, this is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of getting and spreading the cold or flu. 20 seconds of thorough hand-washing is enough to get rid of lingering germs. A good self-timer is singing the "Happy Birthday" song twice while scrubbing.
4. Sleep well
It's no secret that getting enough sleep benefits us in many ways. It gives our cells a chance to repair and maintains our immune system. Aim to have seven to eight hours of consistent sleep each night.
5. Eat well
Eating nutrient-rich food benefits our overall health. During the winter months, try to increase your vegetable intake. Aim for a colourful plate packed full of germ fighting food, and drink plenty of water.
6. Monitor student hygiene
If they aren't doing it already, teach students to wash their hands and cover coughs and sneezes.
7. Stay home
If you (or your child) are sick, the best thing you can do for yourself and those around you is to stay home. Give your body time to rest and recover so you can get back into the classroom and to being your best self.
We hope you beat the odds and avoid sickness this cold and flu season. If you happen to succumb to illness and have any concerns, visit your GP or call 13 HEALTH.
For more information, read the department's
Infection Control Guideline (PDF, 796KB).