It’s that time of year again. There are papers to write, meetings to attend, quizzes to study for, exams to cram for, it never ends. This is also the time of year that illness strikes. And here I am, stuck on the couch because I’m sick…
Of course it’s my own fault. I haven’t been sleeping well, I’m stressed and I haven’t been taking care of myself like I should be. I hate being sick more than anything else in the world, so here are a few tips to keeping your immune system running like it should be.
- SLEEP- Getting on a regular sleep schedule is so important. This doesn’t mean taking a daily 2-hour nap, this means sleeping a minimum of 8 hours every night. I know its hard to get a good night’s sleep between studying, working and trying to fall asleep while your neighbors host a small concert in their room. However if you do, your body will thank you.
- Wash your hands- My mom is a nurse and she constantly nags me about how I don’t wash my hands often enough, but she does have a point. It’s the single most effective way to keep yourself healthy.
- Sanitize your phone- Your phone is a breeding ground for germs. Think about how many times you open a classroom door, sit down at a desk and pull out your phone while you are waiting for your professor to begin class. Then, think about the hundreds of other kids who sneezed and then touched that same doorknob to get into the classroom and now their nasty germs are on your hands and phone. Gross.
- Keep your hands away from your face- Your hands pick up more bacteria than any other part of your body. Once that bacteria is on your hands and you touch your eyes, nose or mouth, the bacteria has a direct pathway into your body and will begin to attack your immune system.
- Stay away form sick people- It can be difficult to stay away from sick people, but you will be happy you did.
- Eat well- There are so many tempting foods in the dining halls that aren’t all that healthy but cutting back a few desserts a week or eating a salad more frequently will not only help you prevent the Freshman 15, you will be sick much less often.
- Don’t share drinks or food- Following this one rule can save you a lot of grief later.