9 Ways To Avoid Getting The Plague

9 Ways To Avoid Getting The Plague

Save yourself this flu season

Flu season is here people, and personally, I am feeling the brunt of it. People are getting sick everywhere and soon enough everyone you know, including yourself, will be sick. College is a breeding ground for illness and there is no avoiding it. Here are some tips (obvious or not) that will help you attempt to stay safe from the plague.

1. Wash Your Hands

This one is the most obvious and the most commonly said, but probably the least done. It takes 20 seconds, warm water, and soap. Done. Minimal effort for maximum effect for killing germs. Phones, computers, surfaces, etc are things we constantly touch every day, which are FULL of germs. Washing your hands will greatly reduce the opportunity of getting sick!

2. Use Purell

Okay, if washing your hands is really too hard for you, then Purell, or other hand sanitizers are the way to go. These come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy for you to carry them in your backpack, pocket, purse, etc. One simple squirt or spray and 99% of germs on your hands will be killed. How convenient.

3. Don't Share Drinks

Whether it's water or a drink at the bar, don't share drinks!!!!!!! This is such an easy and underrated way to get sick. "Try this" is something that's said numerous times during a night out as someone is brave enough to deviate from their favorite drink. This is direct contact with the person's germs and is one of the most direct ways to fall ill. I know it's hard but refraining from this could save you a week's worth of coughing and headaches.

4. Get Your Flu Shot

This is another one that's obvious, but it's scary how many college kids don't do this. If you haven't done so already, do it! It's annoying to take time out of your busy day to trek it to the health center or nearest CVS, but the results will be worth your while. This simple thing is meant to save you from the plague and without it, you are more susceptible to a world of gross and painful illness.

5. Drink LOTS of Water

Forcing the fluids is an amazing way to stay healthy. You can literally flush out illnesses before they've manifested themselves with water. This is a way to stay ahead of the game and out of trouble before it's too late.

6. Keep Vitamin C Levels High

Another way to stay ahead of the game. Whether it's drinking orange juice, taking EmergenC, or taking vitamin C pills, keeping your levels high will help your body fight against illnesses before they have even arrived!

7. Take Warm Showers

Showering is obviously a way of keeping your body clean. It is also a way to ensure that your body gets rid of any germs that weren't on your hands or face. The warm water kills germs better than cold water, which is important to keep in mind.

8. Wash Your Sheets

These are things you sleep on every night, whether your body is dirty or clean. You rest your head on your pillow and breathe/drool there all night. This is definitely a place for germs to congregate. Washing your sheets regularly will ensure that these germs are killed and that you're resting your head somewhere safe at night.

9. Stay AWAY From Your Sick Friend

I know this might be hard, especially if you two are close. Buy your friend medicine or make them soup, but after that stay away. Spending time with your friend or being near them while they're sick raises your sick of getting sick. Soon enough, they'll be taking care of you!

Flu season is here and better than ever. Follow these steps and save yourself before it's too late!!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Poetry On Odyssey: When Life Gives You Lemons…

Because come on, you know you can.


Life is a such a precious gift.

We all have those days where things just don't seem to go right. Chances are we may have experienced these days more than we would like.

And that is okay.

We are allowed to get down on ourselves and our lives from time to time. But we must remember that we were brought into this world for a reason: to make a difference, to learn from our mistakes, and to enjoy.

When times get tough, breathe. We are often challenged with situations because even though we think we cannot handle it, we can. We need to be tested and faced with these problems to make ourselves realize we are stronger and better than we think.

If life always went our way, sure it would be nice, but it would not be exciting, and you wouldn't learn anything.

Everything would be given to you. Life would be easy.

Sure, who would not want an easy life where everything just made sense.

But where is the fun in that?

We are constantly challenged every day because we are stronger than we think and better than we seem.

We can handle it!

You are allowed to get upset and to cry. LET IT OUT SISTA!

When life gets you down take a breath and close your eyes. You can do it. You know you can do it. I know you can do it.

Call up a friend, call up your family—they will tell you the same. YOU CAN DO IT. YOU JUST NEED TO BELIEVE IT!

Like the cliché quote, "When life gives you lemons make lemonade." Make that lemonade girl and make sure it tastes sweet!

Make a bad situation into a good one. Smile and say to yourself, I can f***ing do it!

Because come on, you know you can.

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