2016 was a blur. I am like many people who are glad it is gone. I always am blessed, but that was a tough one: First, we bought a new house. I left my junior English teaching job and took a job teaching middle schoolers. The day two boys cried in my class and they line up, I wondered what I had done. Lined up? What’s that about?
I moved out of my old school and into my new school AND we moved into our new house all in the SAME week. Finally, my dad passed away. Adios, 2016.
Since I started a new school, the last thing I remember is “Welcome back to school and a new school year.” As I lay here on my bed, exhausted, I remember Fall, some leaves, a blur of green and red lights at Christmas, but honestly, the first year of anything new is a killer, isn’t it?
Since I have survived two colds this Fall, I need to get my healthy act together. I know what to do; I am just too tired to do it. But, it’s a new year. So here are the things that my
second year teacher daughter and my senior-in-college-now-student-teaching daughter do to stay healthy. These work–take it from teachers.
The battle to stay off DayQuil:
- Water Drink lots. We put lemon oil in ours, but don’t put lemon oil in plastic cups. Learned that the hard way.
*Speaking of oil, I am a big believer in essential oils. We put them on, breathe them and diffuse them. My husband Robert McBroom calls it witch doctoring, but he also says “Are you going to turn on that diffuser thing tonight?” So my next couple of tips are devoted to oils.
2. Lavender is the essential oil that we diffuse at night. It is relaxing, and we know we need sleep.
3. I love to have oils in a roller bottle and apply them to the bottoms of my feet. I apply several that fight infection and illnesses. My daughters and I like Breathe, On Guard and Tea Tree oil. There are tons of articles online as to how to use them. Beware: they are very strong and should not just be applied to your skin. I have had colds coming on and I just kept breathing in these oils and it DIED. It died, not me.
4. I use Frankincense like it is perfume. It supposedly cures everything, but whatever it does, it smells wonderful. I can smell Frankincense and go to my happy place. It can be applied straight to your skin. I could take a bath in that stuff.
5. I also like Peppermint. It gives you little pick me up and it is in my purse ALWAYS.
6. Take healthy snacks to school. You may remember a very popular article where I said chocolate is always in my desk. It is, but if my immunities are down, I stay away from sugar. Which brings me to…
7. Avoid sugar if you start feeling sickly. I love my sugar. I hate being sick. I choose.
8. I drink orange juice with apple cider vinegar in it (a teaspoon or a tablespoon depending on if I feel sickness coming.) I hate the taste of the vinegar, but go online and look at all the evidence for its health benefits. I can testify that it will clear up a cough and a sinus infection rather quickly.
9. Walk. Bike. Anything. A little physical activity can go a long way. I know, “I am on my feet all day long, are you kidding?” You need some exercise that is all about you. Since I am learning all new stuff at a new job teaching middle schoolers, I am on novel number six. SIX!!!! So, my current activity is to march up and down our stairs while reading at least one chapter.
Hang in there. It’s January. Here are two verses that I have currently memorized. As to why I needed to memorize them…
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Praying for you. Some of you that have sent me sweet comments are on my heart when I blog. You keep me writing blogs that are sometimes few and far between, but I hope encouraging.
Keep on stamping out ignorance.