Currently I am laying in my bed because I can feel myself coming down with a cold, which I am not thrilled about to say the least. I managed to get through last year escaping most colds and other illnesses that were going around. However, here I am, going into my fifth week of the semester with a sore throat and an achy body. Although some people do have the immune system of a champion, you’re bound to get sick… especially in college where it is literally a giant germ party. With that being said, I wanted to do a post on some preventative measures you can take to hopefully minimize your chances of catching something!
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Water is the miracle solution to keeping healthy. There are so many days where I am running around like a mad woman trying to fit so many things into a day and then I end up getting headaches because I realized I didn’t drink any water all day. Not only does water help you stay awake and revived during the day, but it helps prevent getting sick and is necessary while you’re sick as well.
Colleges are surrounded by germs. If you live in the dorms it is so easy to catch something, especially because you are living in such close quarters as a ton of other people. If you live off campus in a house or apartment, you have the same problem. It always seems like if one person gets sick, everyone ends up getting it. Keep hand sanitizer in your purse or backpack! Don’t forget to wipe down shared spaces with Clorox wipes too!
Everyone knows that exercise leads to a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you are making time to get in a run or head to the gym. Don’t over do it though. Find a happy medium where you are getting in a work out but not over doing it to the point of exhaustion. Side Note: Gyms are full of bacteria so wipe down the machines before and after your workout.
It is totally okay to splurge once in awhile! But make sure you are consuming healthy foods a majority of the time. Make wise decisions in the dining hall and if you cook for yourself, make sure you aren’t eating a ton of processed foods. I love looking up healthy and yummy recipes on Pinterest! Just remember, you don’t have to be obsessive, everything is good in moderation.
Go to Bed!
For some student, all nighters are inevitable in college, but don’t make it a habit. I will guarantee you that you will feel so much better if you change your sleeping habits to where you’re getting eight hours of sleep a night. Yes, you might be laughing at me and saying “that’s not possible,” but this is where time management comes into play. You need to be able to allocate enough time to get your work done and get sleep in. Don’t procrastinate, if you have free time one day start a paper early!