8 Reasons Being Sick Isn't Sick In College

8 Reasons Being Sick Isn't Sick In College

I need my mom, blanket and cartoons.

I had no time to prepare. I knew the inevitable was slowing approaching, even when I did everything in my power to avoid it. Last weekend was going beautifully, I work every day and was ready to make money on those double shifts. That is, until Saturday I wake up on my death bed. It was a full blown virus, one I hoped wouldn't last long. I drank a gallon of water, stocked up on soup, and popped vitamins like they were going out of style. I had hoped that would be enough, but sadly I woke up worse the following day. I was deciding between going to the hospital or working my 12-hour shift (as any college kid knows they really need that money).

Naturally, I chose to tough it out, giving myself the "you're not that sick, tough it up" pep talk. Boy, was I wrong. When Monday came, I fell asleep in every class and was seeing stars every time I walked. I was dehydrated, dazed, and dying. Whether you choose to stay in bed to sweat out the sickness or attend all five of your classes for the day, we can all agree one one thing; Being sick in college is a nightmare. When it comes to being away from college, here's how you'll feel when it comes to being sick.

1. You miss your mom.

Your number one person to run to when you're sick isn't there in college. You'll find yourself calling out her name while you're having hallucinations in bed from the five shots of NyQuil you tossed back. There will never come a day where you don't want your parents there to help take care of you while you're sick. Most of us (including myself) know pretty well if they don't take care of us when sick, no one will.

2. Simple tasks become difficult.

Getting out of bed? Can't. Want to brush your teeth? Dead. Find a t-shirt to wear? Struggle. Any simple everyday task feels like pulling teeth. You take one flight of stairs and you feel like you're about to tip over and pass out. Since when did being sick involve almost fainting from lack of energy?

3. Everything puts you to sleep.

Whether it's watching television, studying for your exam the following day, or checking social media, you'll likely pass out. When being sick, it's like your body forces you into a coma in order to revive itself from the virus that has taken over. Your immune system sometimes just needs a little R&R.

4. The loss of appetite.

You're used to being hungry every second of the day (being as you are a college student on a budget), That is, until you haven't moved all the day and the sight of anything remotely close to food has your stomach turning. You may not even have the flu, yet you feel like puking just from seeing food on the television. It's the biggest love/hate relationship you'll experience.

5. Question going home.

Is it worth driving four hours to have my mom take care of me? It just might be. Questioning driving home has crossed my mind numerous times while being sick. I just have to remind myself that being in a car for four hours while sick would make me more nauseated and stressed than I already am.

6. Hit pause on your social life.

You were planning on going out to see some friends tonight? *Your immune system laughs* as it decides to turn off for the evening and a wave of sickness consumes you. Whether you were just going to hang out and watch a movie or go grab dinner, and human interaction is put to a halt as you can't risk getting your friends sick.

7. Refuse to leave your room.

If you had plans, it's not like you'd actually want to go anyways. You barely made it out of your bed to get to your mandatory lecture today, how would you even begin to find the energy to make it through a night out on the town? You won't. So instead you heat up some soup and tea and lay in bed watching reruns of "Friends" and "One Tree Hill."

8. Feel victorious when you recover.

It's day four of being sick and you wake up with slightly less pounding in your head than the day before. You can also begin to breathe again you realize you no longer feel the need to blow your nose for some relief. Oh what a glorious day, you're finally recovering and you've never felt more alive. Why not decide to go out? We both know you'll wake up a few days later questioning why you didn't just let yourself fully recover anyways. It's a never ending cycle of being sick while in college.

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11 Gifts Someone Who Has Anxiety Will Really Appreciate

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There are so many physical things that can help someone suppress their general anxieties, and not all of them have to break the bank. Whether you're looking for a birthday gift, Mother's Day or Father's day gifts, or you just want someone to know that you're there for them in their hard times, here's a list of amazing gifts to help a struggling friend relax a little more!

1. Salt Lamp

The soft, orange hues are one of the colors used to calm a mood or to keep someone completely focused. Plus, it is a great decoration and super pretty. You can get one from the Vitamin Shop for $13.79.

2. Coloring Books

The adult coloring book has become such a phenomenon over the past few years. I have received so many coloring books for Hanukkah and Christmas and bought a few more on my own. Coloring these beautiful designs just lets me forget about my anxieties and problems. There are so many to choose from. You can get some from Barnes and Noble or Walmart.

3. Essential Oil Diffuser

I have one in my college dorm and have a stress relief blend and a good sleep blend that I use almost every day. This helps me a lot with feeling relaxed and, plus, there are different light settings and it's cool to look at. You can get one at Target for $19.99.

4. Stress Relief Eye Masks

Face masks are essential to self-relaxation, so these are designed specifically for stress relief and you use it on your eyes. You can get a ten-pack at Walmart!

5. Calming Face Oil

The Oh Mega Calming Chia Oil is a blend of chia, shea, aloe and lavender that provides the most calming experience. It can be used on dry, sensitive, and all skin types. You can get it here!

6. Bubble Bath

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Bubble baths can be so relaxing, especially when they are designed for stress relief! You can get four different scents here!

7. Motivational Bracelet

Sometimes, people just need a little something to keep them sane and remind themselves that they are strong. I always wear a Pura Vida mental health bracelet to remind me to keep going. You can get the bracelet pictured above at MantraBand.

8. Journal

Writing down thoughts and feelings can really help people with anxiety disorders, so having a positive thinking journal for a year or just a normal journal would help them a lot. The journal pictured above is available at Barnes and Noble for $13.98.

9. Relax Tea

I definitely want to try this tea! A promising review: "I didn’t think this tea would really make a difference but it really does. It’s almost immediate that stress melts away and my husband and I are able to sleep peacefully. Has a funky smell when you open the jar but the tea itself is pretty much tasteless. Highly recommended!!" You can get the tea here.

10. Candles

Any kind of candle can be so relaxing -- the smell, the flicker of the fire. I have so many candles in my room at home. You can get them really anywhere you look, but I love candles from Bath and Body Works.

11. Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy

This is my favorite line from Bath and Body Works! I have a lot of this and it actually works for me. You can get a variety of these products at Bath and Body Works.

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7 Ways To Embrace Self Care And Level Up

4. Have a spa day for to treat 'yo self.

2018 should be all about self-care. You should be taking care of yourself, for yourself. Trust me, I know it's easier said than done. It is so easy to put others and their happiness before yourself. But it's time to stop. Make time for yourself and make time for your own happiness. If you are feeling down or a little depressed, it's time for some self-care. Here are some super easy and super helpful ways to do some self-care.

1. Block, mute and unfollow toxic people on social media.

Do not be afraid to block, mute or unfollow toxic people on social media. Seeing their posts can make you so depressed and it isn't worth it. If they get mad, then whatever. There are more important things in life than a number of followers.

2. Learn to take time for yourself.

There is nothing wrong with taking time for you. Make time to be alone and have some time to relax with nobody else around to bug you. It is totally okay to be alone. Embrace the alone time.

3. Make a to-do list of everything you need to do and start checking things off.

Make a list of everything you need to do. Even pencil in time for your friends or to clean and relax. Then get to work and start checking things off. Seeing everything you need to do and then seeing it all get done will feel so good.

4. Have a spa day for to treat 'yo self.

Take a bubble bath. Do a face mask. Make yourself feel good. Taking a nice long bath and having a true spa day will make you feel amazing.

5. Have a giant glass of wine.

A nice glass of wine after a stressful day is my favorite form of self-care. Treat yo self, You deserve it. Grab a glass of wine and watch your favorite tv show while in your sweats. There's nothing better.

6. Start journaling.

Start a journal and keep track of everything! Tracking your mood and days in a journal can really help. It can be a place to let everything you're feeling out and you may need it more than you think. You can watch bullet journal videos on YouTube or look them up on Pinterest and get tons of ideas on how to start your bullet journal.

7. Get some sleep, eat a healthy meal and drink water.

The number one reason you may be feeling down or crappy is because you're not sleeping, eating well or drinking water. You may feel like you need to stay up late to get everything you need to do done, but you don't. Go to bed at a normal time and stay on top of your sleep. Also, make sure you're eating relatively healthy meals and you're drinking plenty of water. Water is seriously magic and can always make you feel better.

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