Calvin Coolidge said it best in a 1924 address: “Teaching is one of the noblest of professions. It requires an adequate preparation and training, patience, devotion, and a deep sense of responsibility. Those who mold the human mind have wrought not for time, but for eternity.”Just about anything can make a kid unruly, and teachers are on their feet all day long—that’s a recipe for stress, anxiety and a lack of overall wellness.
Ideas to brighten up any day:
- Turn the purse into a mini survival kit, and carry:
- A small vial or two of essential oils for a little aromatherapy. Need calming? Take a whiff of lavender or geranium. Got a headache? Combine lavender and peppermint. Have indigestion or a tummy ache? Try fennel and ginger. Need a mood uplift? Sniff a little lemon.
- A favorite poem or quote. William Butler Yeats’ quote reminds teachers why they do what they do: “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”
- Healthy snacks, such as an organic apple, orange, grapefruit, mini carrots or raw nuts and seeds.
- Meditate: Two or three minutes are really all it takes to become anxiety-free. The Internet is full of free guided meditation downloads, but here’s one from Deepak Chopra. To listen, click here.
- Wear grounding shoes, and your posture will thank you: Pluggz footwear combines style, comfort and grounding, with a special custom designed cut-out in the shoe bottom to allow the heel bone to stay centered, important because of the soft spot in the center of the heel. This cut-out has a “trampoline effect” and cushions your feet while walking. By the way, grounding is scientifically proven to keep you calm, stress-free and, well, grounded.
Ever notice how much calmer and more peaceful you feel after walking through a field of lavender–or how much cooler and more comfortable you feel in the sweltering heat when you drink some water with freshly cut mint?
THAT’s the power of essential oils. They are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants and have been used throughout history by many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits; in fact, ancient Egyptians used essential oils to improve both physical and emotional health—and now, more and more, they’re being used in alternative health practices.
Essential oils are remarkable in the versatility of their benefits. For example, they are widely used in aromatherapy to achieve varying physical effects — certain oils stimulate, while others relax and ease tension. Essential oils are also used to improve cleanliness; that is, releasing essential oils into the air removes bad smells and certain airborne pathogens. When added to laundry and surface cleaners, essential oils improve cleaning and purifying ability. At massage and beauty parlors, essential oils are rubbed into a person’s skin, with numerous positive health effects; the person becomes calmer, his or her emotional and physical well-being are restored, the skin quality is improved at the area of application, and the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream and travel through the person’s internals, where they act as a disinfectant. Certain essential oils are even used as dietary supplements, as many oils have powerful antioxidant properties, For instance, Clove Oil makes a great painkiller, so rub some on a sore tooth. Use citrus oils, known for boosting focus and promoting a positive attitude, to make “lemonade” or to use as marinades. Just please be sure the label clearly states “can be ingested!”