Hey there, flu season! YOU. ARE. NOT. WELCOME. We have all been there. What starts as a sneaky sore throat and headache quickly turns into a full blown cold. And there is nothing more frustrating than feeling sick when you have a million other things to do, tests to study for and assignments to complete. I know this feeling all too well and have put together some things to do if you are feeling sick but still need to live your life and get stuff done. Here are a few tips and tricks I have come up with to help prevent you from getting sick in college!
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1. Bundle up when it is cold outside.
Not dressing appropriately for the weather is one of the easiest ways you can get sick. Everyone has that one outfit makes them feel as if they are on top of the world, but you should always consider the weather before taking that outfit off the hanger. You might need to grab a scarf or a light jacket before heading out.
2. Do not share food or drinks.
DO NOT DO IT. That one sip of your friend’s water can change everything. Your friend could be just starting to recover from a cold and if they are still contagious, well that’s the end of that.
3. Avoid sick friends.
While we are talking about friends, if yours are so sick they are coughing up a lung, try to spend as little time with them as possible. I know, that sounds totally mean, but I do not think they would want you to catch what they have. You cannot avoid all contact with your sick friends, but try to be careful.
4. Get your sleep!
Seriously, words cannot describe how heavenly sleep is. Get it. I know that being out on your own without a curfew to chain you to your bed can make you feel invincible, but you are going to feel like absolute crap because lack of sleep can weaken your immune system.
5. Throw in some healthy meals where you can.
Building healthy eating practices can really boost your immune system and make you feel healthier overall. That is not to say that people who eat healthy never ever get sick but eating healthy can reduce your chances of getting sick and even help you recover quicker if you do.
6. Wash your hands as often as possible.
This one is something we have been hearing since kindergarten. Wash your hands, especially if you were just somewhere that is notorious for containing a lot of germs, like a bathroom. Also keep in mind that over-washing your hands can be just as detrimental, as it dries out your skin. Which believe it or not bacteria can actually enter the body through the cracks in your dry skin.
7. Clean your space regularly.
All the dust collecting on your table and couch can really aggravate your allergies and can even make you sick. Mold can also do this, so keep an eye out for any hygienic issues in your dorm room that you might have to report to an RA, though I hope no one’s dorm room actually contains that much mold.
8. As soon as you start to feel sick, ACT QUICKLY.
If your throat is starting to feel some type of weird, you are probably getting sick so it would be a wonderful time to grab those cough drops and start drinking hot tea like it is your job. Do not wait to actually start running a fever before you decide to start doing something about it.
Being stressed can weaken your immune system, so make sure you listen to your body and treat it right! If you are really tired and just need to sleep, SLEEP! If you feel like you need to just take some time to chill and watch some Netflix amidst your other billion obligations, go for it! Remember to put yourself first. Know your body, and know when you are overdoing it. Listening to your body is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.