Is teaching good for your health? Yes and no. Mostly no. Why? Too much to do, too little time, too little support. So, take care of yourself, Teach, and you can reap the good side of teaching.
Your lifestyle on teaching can create illness. Stress, sedentary classrooms, few bathroom breaks, ignoring healthy eating, limited sleep--you're writing a lesson plan for illness.
Germs! Germs! Go Away!
Taking Care of Teacher
Teaching is a full-on contact sport without time-outs. A teacher must deal with her/his personal life or the pushed-down emotions and thoughts will react. Although no one talks about it, going to counseling and getting help really works. Don't be too proud to get help.
Depression in Teachers Impacts Classroom Learning
What Motivates Teachers?http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/30/whamotivates-teachers/
A teacher doesn't have to be a perfectionist to get sucked into a 70 hour work week. A teacher is a teacher 24-7 just by definition of working with students--maybe we should be paid a consulting fee for using our expertise on problem solving; thinking about the kids away from school. We do that even in our sleep. Ever dream about class? Be realistic, demand a life for yourself and your family.
American Teachers Spend More Time In The Classroom Than World Peers, Says Report