I never usually get sick, but it’s happened. I’ve had a cough for a straight week and I have no idea how it happened! Thankfully, I think it’s almost hit the end of its cycle and I should be back to normal in no time. It’s cold a flu season and it’s trying to hunt down the last of the healthy ones down. If you prepare wisely, you may be able to beat its wrath! Here are a few tips to beat the winter season!
Wash Your Hands Frequently
People who don’t get sick frequently, wash their hands often. I’m not just talking about after every time you use the bathroom. I’m talking before you eat, after you eat, when you wake up, go to sleep, cough, sneeze. Literally all the time. Your hands touch a lot of things, and you have no idea how many other people or what dirt gets on those things as well. Washing your hands frequently ensures that you’re killing any bacteria that may make its way onto your skin.
Get Enough Sleep
I see so many of my housemates and other college students make these impossible efforts to survive without sleep. The less sleep you get, the weaker your immune system gets, so it is CRUCIAL that you are getting enough sleep during this season. Try going to sleep a few hours earlier if possible. It’ll make you feel better, and you can catch a few extra zs. Who wouldn’t want extra sleep?
Although you and your roommate may love sharing everything, I would advise against it when she starts getting the sniffles. Try to avoid sharing drinks, food, or devices like phones when you’re around someone who is sick. If there’s no way to avoid it, make sure you wash your hands well afterward and disinfect any surfaces.
Get A Flu Shot
If you’re someone who is prone to getting sick often, make your way to the student health center for a flu shot. Most of the time they’re free and it can’t hurt to be protected from the flu!
Lots Of Vitamin C
The best way to prepare for the sick seasons is drinks like Airborne of Emergen-C. Containing vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Manganese, they help support and keep your immune system strong during cold and flu season. Whenever I start to feel sick or I notice the people around me getting a bit ill, I drink one of these to prepare my immune system.
Wash Your Sheets Often
You wouldn’t believe what lives on your bedsheets after just a week or two without washing them. Dead skin cells, germs, and bacteria can build up, possibly keeping you sick even after you’ve fought it off. Washing your sheets before and after your sick cleanses any germs or bacteria from keeping you ill.
Things like railings, door handles, elevator buttons, and countertops are a breeding ground for bacteria. Living in the sorority house with a bunch of bedridden girls, you have to be careful about what you touch. Keeping a few disinfecting wipes around and wipe door handles and other used surfaces frequently.
Avoid High Traffic Areas
When flu season hits, I try to stay away from popular areas I know that could make me sick. Places like public restrooms, busy stairways, and meeting areas for my sorority I try to steer clear from if I can help it. The fewer people that are around, the less likely you are to get sick!
How do you prevent getting sick? Leave a comment below!