This one is going out to my teachers. How many of you are reluctant to drink enough water during the day because of restroom issues? You want to drink plenty of water but you know that if you do, there is a consequence: you’ll have to pee.
For teachers, this is not a joke. This is a very serious matter. Teachers have very limited time to get to the restroom. Increasing our water intake is no simple feat. Like planning a lesson, it takes preparation and time to figure out. It’s a serious math equation. If I drink x amount of water, how much time will it take for me to have to DISCHARGE the water? It’s a trial and error equation although this ERROR isn’t one most teachers are willing to risk. After all, who wants to teach a bunch of kids while walking around in peepee pants? Or even better, gaining the always dreaded UTI (urinary tract infection). I could write a whole other post titled “The Inseparable Pair Annoying Our School Systems: Teachers and UTIs.”
"Well, great post Courtney. You’re telling us that we need to drink plenty of water but that if we do, we have to figure out the best time to drink it while risking peeing our pants or obtaining a lovely infection for not peeing our pants. Thanks but no thanks." Teachers still need to drink enough water. Yes, it is like a math equation but hopefully one you will only have to complete once or twice.
STEP 1: HOW MUCH WATER ARE YOU DRINKING DAILY?
First of all, determine if you are drinking enough water on a daily basis. If you already figured out how to get your water in then great! However, if your pee is dark in color and you’re only peeing a couple of times a day, you are not getting enough. We all know the “8 glasses of water a day” standard. Assuming we are talking about 8oz glasses, that’s 64oz. However, this number grows if you exercise, are pregnant, are on your period, breastfeed, have a specific health condition, are sick, or live in a hot climate. For every 15 minutes of exercise, you need an additional 8oz.
STEP 2: HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU NEED TO ADD?
Using the information from above, determine if you need to intake more water and how much. If you only need 8 more ounces then the next step will be easy. However, if you need to consume 48 more ounces, you will have to take some time with step 3. If you are pregnant, have a medical condition, or breastfeed, consult your doctor to determine how much water you need.
STEP 3: PLAN HOW TO GET IT
Now that you know how much water you have to add daily, when are you going to get it? This is an important step. You must consider when you will have to pee based on when you intake the water. If you are more of a sipper, it will be harder to determine. However, if you drink a whole bottle within 10-15 minutes, you can guess that you will have to pee within the hour. Try drinking a bottle first thing in the morning, after your morning coffee, or on your drive to work. Drink a bottle an hour or less before your planning period, lunch, and before the end of the day. Drink water on your way home, with your meals, and 2 hours or more before bed.
STEP 4: GO
If you miscalculate or have an off day, don’t wait until you are doing the peepee dance around your classroom. We have all been there. Sweating, waiting for the bell to ring or for the specialty teacher to get to the classroom so we can go pee. Call the office, grab another teacher, take a class trip, and go pee! No one ever told you that you weren’t allowed to use the restroom if needed. If it’s an emergency or near emergency, please don’t risk a UTI or an embarrassing day trying to teach in wet pants. Go to the restroom.