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Get Well Guide for the College Student

Sharing is NOT caring

Gone are the days of leisurely sick (or not so sick) days staying home from school as your mom takes care of you. Being sick in university is a truly awful experience and learning how to care for yourself properly is a new journey. Here are some of my best tips to fight your cold and get back in the game.

Don’t Push Yourself

The most important and least-followed advice regarding colds is to sleep. Sleep is the ultimate medicine.

Missing one night of going out with friends or that morning workout and clocking in early or sleeping in late is completely worth it. It will speed up your healing process and let you enjoy yourself again soon.

We all have things to do, people to see, and classes to go to, but don’t push yourself. That will only make your sickness worse.

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Sharing is NOT Caring

If you live in a dorm, if one person is sick, the entire floor is sick. Clean up after your germy-self and disinfect your side of the room and shared spaces.

This probably is the last thing you want to be doing when you feel awful but all it takes is some Lysol sprays or disinfectant-wipe wipe-downs. Your roommates will thank you.

Stock Up On Essentials 

When you move into your dorm it’s always helpful to keep some essentials on hand for when you inevitably catch the cold that’s going around.

Grab some packets of Emergen-C, a Nyquil and Dayquil pack, maybe some warm fuzzy socks, and a couple cans of soup so that you won’t have to go out and buy these things when you do feel sick.

If you didn’t prepare beforehand then make one giant trip to stock up for a few days of barricading yourself in your room.

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Get in Touch with Professors, Work Can Wait

Most professors are very understanding and if you simply shoot them an e-mail beforehand will be willing to work with you regarding any class you’ve missed.

However, some students abuse the amicability of professors leading to the requirement of doctors notes to make your absences excused.

Either way, do what you can and don’t kick yourself for missing class. Again, sharing is not caring when it comes to being sick and all of your classmates and even professors would rather you rest than spread your germs.

Eat Right

The right nutrients can expedite recovery like nothing else.

While jello and white bread may seem tempting, opt for healthier stomach-friendly foods. Get some low-sodium vegetable soup, bananas, berries, whole-grain crackers or bread, and oatmeal instead.

Any plant food will help boost immunity and speed up your recovery.

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Hydration is Key

Drinking lots of fluids is always good, but especially when you’re sick. Staying hydrated lessens congestion and helps the kidneys filter waste throughout the body.

Water is always the best option. However, also aim to include drinks like teas to help with mucus and coconut water to replenish electrolytes.

Make an Appointment

No one likes going to the doctor, but sometimes you have no other choice.

Most universities have on-campus medical centers for students to utilize. Take advantage of this and book an appointment with a doctor if you feel like your symptoms aren’t improving.

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Sarah is a junior studying journalism at the University of Miami. She...