As teachers, we know how easy it is to become dehydrated once we head back to school. It is easy to forget to take care of yourself when you are worrying about 20 plus littles all day long, I get it. In the past, I have become so dehydrated that it seriously affected my health. To avoid this happening I came up with a few tricks that make remembering to drink water easier and more convenient.
In my school, we have filtered water available but it is in our lunchroom which is a bit of distance from my classroom. I would put post-its on my desk to remind me to fill up my water bottle during each recess, but well, it rarely happened, and when it did, I would leave the water bottle somewhere in the school other than in my classroom. *sigh*
Tips and Tricks
The first thing I did was get a water bottle that holds 32 ounces and has a flip top, the type with a built-in straw, so no tipping the bottle to drink. No matter what brand or size, if I don’t have a sip top, the water ends up all down the front of me rather than in my mouth. Every. Single. Time. While this can be refreshing on a warm day it isn’t really the look I’m going for while teaching 😉
The second thing that changed everything was buying a Brita Water Pitcher because our tap water is, well, terrible. Having the Brita pitcher on the back counter of my classroom was a serious game changer and solved my dehydration issues. My water bottle and the Brita filter are always in my room and I keep them filled all day. No more leaving a trail of forgotten bottles all over the school.
Now the post-its on my desk remind me to use the restroom during recess and prep time 😉
Drink up and take care of you!
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