The air is getting crisp and the leaves are starting to fall. Autumn is here! Sweaters, hot coco, and movies will soon be a few of your favorite things. Surviving the fall and winter can be hard for everyone but for college students this seems to be a particularly difficult time. Life doesn’t slow down when you’re feeling under the weather, snow days are non-existent, and more likely you don’t have parents close by to take care of you when you are sick. These reasons make it important for you to stay extra healthy and take care of your body.
1) Layer, layer, layer
If your school is anything like mine the temperature between outside and inside or even the temperature from class room to class room varies greatly. This can take a toll on your body. Wear lots of layers that are easy to pack in your bag when you don’t want to wear them any longer.
2) Vitamin C
Stay ahead of your health. Eat oranges, drink orange juice, and take vitamin C tablets to boost your immune system year round.
3) Listen to your body
When you start to feel run down don’t push yourself. Take a day off from the gym or stay home and watch a movie instead of hitting the bars with your friends on Friday. Your body is talking to you and you need to listen. You will be a lot happier the following weekend when your healthy and not still sick.
4) Wash up
Remember when your mom used to tell you to wash your hands after you sneezed or when she made you sanitize before eating your snack after soccer? Nothing has changed. Your body is still just as susceptible to germs! Wash your hands frequently, avoid sharing books, pens, calculators, etc. during cold season.
5) Remember your fluids
Beer doesn’t count as a fluid…. Drink lots of water and tea and eat lots of soup and veggies. Avoid sugary foods and foods with dairy, especially when you feel a cold coming on. They are hard on your system and make you congested.
What are your tips and tricks to surviving cold season? Leave your ideas in the comments below!
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