If you live in New England, you know what's coming...the ugly winter. It gets below freezing, it snows, sleets and rains, and did I mention, it's cold? Unfortunately, because of the cold harsh winter, along with excessive partying, stress of school work and lack of sleep, it is a perfect recipe to get sick. What's worse than being sick at school? I don't know, you tell me,
1. Don't share drinks with friends
Even though you might just want to "try" someone's drink, this is one of the best (worst) ways to share germs, and it can lead to getting sick very fast.
2. Get your rest!
If you are feeling tired, sleep. Do it. Don't question it. You won't be saying "Pulling that all-nighter" was worth it when you can't breathe out of your nose, you are carrying a box of tissues around campus and hacking up a lung.
3. If you are sick already, don't go out and drink.
I know. No one college student in the world wants to hear the sentence "Don't go out tonight" but really, don't. You will only get worse. According to WebMD, "Alcohol puts a damper on your immune system. And it might mix badly with cold medications you're taking. So until you feel better, it's best to lay off the booze. " So take a night off, your body will thank you later.
4. Wash your hands, especially before eating.
Think of all the things your hands touch...Your phone, laptop, door knobs, you name it. You do not want those germs getting into your body. Next time you reach for a snack, wash your hands first!
5. Sanitize everything! Keep Clorox wipes handy!
Even though it is a bummer for some, clean your dorm room! Wipe everything down as often as you can to keep germ free! It is easy to forget, but it will help you out major in the long run.
College life can be hard and stressful which makes it easy to catch a cold, but following these tips will help you stay healthy!