Whilst apples are considered a fruit sent from the heavens (that have been said to have kept the doctor away) they are only a small part of what will combat the stress and ill health teachers may experience, especially on their holiday break.
Originally the saying was quoted by a Welsh woman in the 19th Century to have been ‘‘Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
Given that context it made perfect sense to put trust into the hands of a doctor as their word was seen as the only authority of the day.
With modern living and the rise of stress and overwhelming expectations overflowing it makes sense to consider a range of foods in our diet to help combat this and provide the health and nutrition that our bodies need to function well.
Many doctors are supportive of complimentary therapies that can work in conjunction with a healthy diet of fresh food and exercise to keep sickness at bay.
Understanding and treating symptoms associated with stress are becoming paramount as workloads overflow and an unhealthy tolerance for burning the candle at both ends seems to become normal for many teachers simply trying to stay afloat between holiday breaks.
Everything in life requires balance to maintain equilibrium and natural order. This must include taking care of ourselves as adults who are continuously modelling a picture of health and wellbeing in both mind and body for children.
As a leading teacher for both children and my adult colleagues it is a must for me to remember this as I want to have a healthy impact and influence upon myself and others to help promote vitality and longevity in both sides of my life and theirs.
Starting younger in life can only help to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our planet and future generations who deserve to live in a world that is also vibrant and whole to keep the cycle going.
I urge teachers to practice the same care they would use with every child in their care not to rely on one way to fuel their minds and bodies before they enter any learning environment for the benefit of themselves and those they intend to serve and teach.