It is that time of year again when it seems like everyone (and their roommate) is sick. Working in the library, I’m constantly being sneezed and coughed on. When you’re not getting enough sleep, probably not eating properly, and in close quarters with a lot of people, it is super easy to get sick. Feeling under the weather is just a part of life, and unfortunately a part of college. Today, I’m going to share with you how to handle getting sick away from home!
First thing is first – Be preventive!
Try to get enough sleep and eat well. Both are easier said than done in college, but try your hardest to take care of yourself! Put hand sanitizer in your bag, use disinfectant wipes on your phone and computer regularly, and wash your hands before eating. If you’re starting to feel under the weather, try taking a Vitamin C supplement like Emergen-C!
No matter what though, you’re probably going to get sick at some point…
Go to class if you can
But, if you can’t contact your professor. Some professors are more strict than others, but generally most seem to be pretty understanding of students getting sick. Everyone is human afterall!
Go to the doctor if you’re sick for more than a few days
Sometimes an antibiotic or trip to the doctor will seriously lessen your sick time or symptoms. Also, getting a doctor’s note is a good idea if your illness is resulting in you missing class or school work.
This is my number one tip! Buy cold medicine, cough drops, and tissues in advance. Don’t wait until you’re barely able to make it out of bed to head to the store to try to buy them! It is much easier to deal with a cold when you have Nyquil and Dayquil on hand.
Let yourself have time to recover
This tip is also very important. As college students, we are constantly multi-tasking and running from one thing to the next. It’s crucial to allow yourself to feel better before jumping right back into all of your responsibilities. If you neglect your health, it’ll take much longer to feel better!
Best of luck staying well this semester! If you do get sick however, use these tips to recover quickly and stay on top of your school work.