9 Essential Things To Do When Sick Season Gets You

9 Essential Things To Do When Sick Season Gets You

Being sick sucks, but with these 9 essential things to do I promise you are set to fight off the sick season.
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As a college student living in the dorms, there are germs EVERYWHERE. I know it seems like you have taken every action to not get sick. Like take your daily Vitamin C, or get the flu shot but sometimes that just isn't enough to stay away from these germs us college kids get so easily. But, there are ways to at least decrease your time being sick and essentials to make you feel better while sick!

1. Stock up on Emergen C.

Even when you are already sick, it is important to get the vitamin C you need. Emergen C is packets of Vitamin C which has 1,000 MG's of vitamin C in order to boost your immune system and help fight off those germs. You can drink Emergen C both when you're sick and when you are not!

2. Binge watch Netflix or Hulu.

Whenever I'm sick, I never rest. Although it is so important to rest when sick therefore Netflix will distract you from wanting to get up and avoid the sickness, but Netflix will help you fight it head on by resting in bed all day and watching a new show, and hey, maybe being sick is a good excuse to lay in bed all day and watch Netflix.

3. Drink Tea.

Depending on what you're sick with, there's truly a tea for every sickness or symptom out there. If you have a stomach ache, drink peppermint tea, or if you have a headache, drink green tea. Any tea is good for a sore throat as well, the hot tea will sooth the throat!

4. LOTS of hot showers.

I truly feel like hot showers are the cure for everything. Hot showers will help de stress you from the stress of being sick, but also help your sickness. If you have a chest cold or having issues with your sinuses, the heat will help open your lungs and airways in order to help open everything up in your body, as well as decrease mucus!

5. Get creative.

While you're laying in bed for hours on end waiting to get better, your mind is running at a hundred miles per hour. Get creative with your thoughts in this time! Draw something you've been meaning to draw, or write a poem that you've been holding off doing. You can be creative and productive while sick!

6. Listen to new music.

Whenever I'm sick, I use the time to listen to the newest music released. Since I'm so busy during the week with school, I take advantage of being sick and relaxing to make a new playlist.

7. Use a diffuser with essential oils for your specific symptoms!

Diffusers create a mist of oil and water released into the air. They are used to improve health, increase energy, and even help sleep. You can buy specific essential oils for symptoms like headaches, help with sleep, as well as scents that help open up your sinuses.

8. The basics.

Simple as it sounds, sometimes we forget about the basic things we need to do in order to stay healthy. These things consist of washing your hands many times a day, washing your phone screen, not touching your face.

9. Don't be afraid to take a doctors visit.

Even if you don't think your illness is severe, it is important to see a doctor whenever you're feeling under the weather, especially if you haven't received your yearly shots. If the illness isn't severe, the doctor can still give you tips on how to stay healthy and clean during sick season!

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Who knows? But I do know that whenever I have to make a phone call, I have to prepare ahead of time, and if you actually see me do it (which I won't let you), you would see that it's an extremely daunting process. First, I type out what I want to say and the questions that I want to ask on my laptop. Sometimes, if it's an important phone call, such as to a place that's hiring or looking for potential interns, I prepare multiple sets of responses in case the conversation doesn't go as planned. Then, I read what I wrote two or three times out loud to myself and correct whatever doesn't sound right because you know, things usually sound better in my head.

I rehearse the finalized version another two or three times, and after that, I muster up all of the courage that I possibly can and force myself to dial the number. Finally, when the person picks up, I do my best to read off of my script, even though it's staring at me straight in the face, and try my best not to sound like a robot. Did I also mention that, when I can, I lock myself in a room so that nobody can hear me? Well, I do that, too.

This is exactly why I avoid receptionist jobs. I don't like having to call someone that I don't know because I tend to stutter a lot when the person on the other end picks up, and it's hard to predict how those phone calls will go, so I can't really prepare for them as I would do at home. Usually, I'm afraid that I won't know how to respond to the callers' questions, and I don't want them to know that I don't know how to answer them, but I also don't want to put them on hold and take up their time.

It's especially bad when an office is so quiet that everyone can practically hear all of the "ums" and "uhs" that come after every word I say. This makes me even more self-conscious about the sound of my voice, and I often say to myself, "Is this really what I sound like?" It's basically just an endless cycle of trepidation. Another thing that gets me is the instantaneity of phone calls. It's not like texting or emailing where you can choose not to respond right away. You could even leave the person on delivered or read if you really wanted to, but you can't do the same when talking on the phone unless you hang up on them, which won't be good for either of you.

Isn't it ironic how the phone was invented so that people could communicate by calling, and yet, I don't use it for that purpose? I tell my friends not to call me because I tend to respond better on Messenger or iMessage because I have time to think over my response. If it's an emergency, then I'll make an exception, but otherwise, I try to avoid phone calls at all costs. My parents are probably the only other exception because they're my parents, and both of them say that they'll take forever to respond by texts, so I really have no choice.

In all honesty, I prefer anything but a phone call. You could send me hundreds of postcards, letters, and emails or even spam my Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. You could even write a message on a paper airplane and throw it to me. I don't care, but just don't call me. Will I ever get over this? I should, but I probably won't, which sucks, but I'll manage. I think.

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