Hi, friends! Getting sick in college really sucks. This past Thursday, I came down with a sore throat, fever, and stuffy nose. Thankfully, I was able to rest this weekend and I feel much better now. It’s hard to stay healthy in college, since students share so many common spaces, so I decided to do a post to help you when you get sick.
The best way to deal with this is prevention. Unfortunately, it’s often too late.It's very easy to get sick in college. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting sick! Click To Tweet
How to Avoid Getting Sick:
A lot of these tips will not be new to you. You’ve heard them before because they work. But sadly, people don’t follow them, and that’s why they still get sick! So here are some quick, easy, familiar tips that’ll help you avoid getting sick.
Treat your body well
Eating well, staying hydrated, being active, and getting enough sleep help your body perform optimally. That, of course, includes your immune system. If you give your body what it needs to strengthen your immune system, there is less of a chance you will get sick.
Wash your hands
This is a simple, yet very effective, way to prevent sickness. Try to wash your hands before eating and avoid touching your face. If you don’t have access to a sink, carry around hand sanitizer.
Keep your living space clean
This one takes a little more time and effort, but it’s worth it. Be sure to wipe down surfaces and doorknobs and vacuum your floors. So many germs accumulate there.
Stay away from sick people
It’s hard to stay away from your friends, but it’s better to not see them for a few days than for you to get sick. This is especially true if you live in dorms.
Once you’re already sick:
Get some rest
Resting is the best thing you can do for yourself when you’re sick. Use this time to catch up on sleep.
Make arrangements with your professors
Sometimes, professors will be willing to let you make up work if you’re sick. Let them know what’s going on. They don’t know that you’re not in class because you’re coughing your lungs out and not because you don’t care. They will be more willing to work with you if you keep them in the loop.
If necessary, go to the doctor
If you don’t improve in a few days or if you think you have more than just the common cold, you should see your doctor. They will be able to diagnose and treat you properly to help you get better faster.
Have a “sick” kit
It’s better to have these things ready before you get sick, so you should work on it now. When you do get sick, you don’t have to go to the store (or have someone go for you) to get them for you. Here are some things I’d recommend putting in your “sick” kit:
- Cough drops
- Cold medicine
- Allergy medicine
Clearly, it’s all too easy to get sick in college. You can lower your chances of getting sick by taking care of yourself. Doing simple things like washing your hands before you eat, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and keeping your living space clean. If you’re already sick and it’s too late for prevention, rest is your best option. As you rest, let your professor know what’s going on so they might let you make up the work. All these things will help you get better quickly and return strong to your work.
What do you do when you get sick? How do you prevent yourself from getting sick?