We’ve all been there. What starts as a sneaky sore throat and headache quickly turns into a full blown cold (or worse, the flu!). 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. My freshman fall, I was sick for weeks with what eventually turned into pneumonia. It was awful. However, with some of the tips I am detailing below, I avoided getting sick this fall!
1. Wash your hands instead of using hand sanitizer. I am not sure if this one is proven science, but I really do think that soap and water does a much better job than hand sanitizer. I try to wash my hands before every meal!
2. Don’t stay out until the wee hours of the morning and get plenty of sleep. It is fun and exciting to be ‘curfewless’ when you get to college. I know I really enjoy staying out late with my friends every weekend. However, lack of sleep really does affect not only your grades but also your health!
3. Avoid doorknobs and sink handles. OK, so this one makes me seem a teensy bit OCD but honestly, those things have so many germs! Try to use your sleeve or a paper towel if possible.
4. Take a daily multivitamin (my boyfriend will smile at this one as he swears by this!) Centrum for Women is the one I take and I have noticed it has also made my hair grow super fast! (fun fact: I used to take one from Trader Joes but the smell made me gag!)
5. Listen to your body. I cannot stress this one enough. If you are feeling sick, don’t go to class. Just don’t. I remember my professor looking at me like I was crazy for coming to class with pneumonia. At the time I thought she was impressed for my dedication. Now I realize she was dumbfounded by my lack of self care and concern that I was infecting everyone! When your body is sick, it is telling you to take a rest.