Getting Sick In College
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Getting Sick In College

It truly is the worst; I'm not going to lie.

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Getting Sick In College

Getting sick at all is terrible, but getting sick in college in a whole other level of tragic. Whether you're living in a dorm or an apartment, you most likely have roommates, and it only makes it easier to get sick or to get someone else sick. Then, add on all of the people in your classes, your clubs, your work environment, etc., and it's a recipe for disaster.

When you're sick, you want nothing more than to lie in bed all day and watch some Netflix, but when you have about one million things to do each week, resting is nearly impossible. In order to help you prevent sickness or get past it if you're already experiencing the symptoms, check out these tips.

1. Make sure you have medicine in stock.

Believe me, this will make a world of difference when you're already sick and the last thing you want to do is run to the grocery store or pharmacy.

2. Get enough sleep.

I know it's nearly impossible to get enough sleep as college student because we have so many demands on our time, but a lack of sleep is what makes us sick in the first place, so catching some shut eye will pay off in the long run.

3. Eat three meals per day.

I'm guilty of not always doing this myself, but it really is important to keep yourself healthy. As the Snickers commercials always say, "You're not you when you're hungry."

4. Give yourself a little bit of time to relax and rest each day.

It might seem impossible to give yourself time to wind down at the end of the day, but having even a thirty minute break throughout the day will help you recharge, which will boost your immune system.

5. Know that it's OK to miss a class because you're sick.

While you shouldn't use this excuse lightly, if you feel as though you can't even get out of bed, you should email professor to inform them you will not be in class. Most professors understand that we're human and we get sick sometimes, so as long as it's not a regular occurrence, you shouldn't have an issue. You can even go to the doctor so that your absence is excused.

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