We all know what the freshman flu is, and if you don’t, here is a hint: it comes around after freshman are all shoved into small dorms with new people, making it much easier to get sick. However, it’s not just for freshman. That dreaded winter season of a stuffed nose, a mysterious and painful cough, and a constant aching headache seems to hit all college students like a truck right around the same time in the middle of November. As a college student, it seems inevitable that you will catch this nasty sickness at some point during each fall semester. Fortunately, as the winter season approaches, there are certain things that you can do to increase your chances of dodging this annoying virus and staying healthy for the holiday season.
This one seems like an obvious tip, but you would be surprised how many people would be able to avoid a flu in the winter just by washing their hands more often. How many times is often? Cold and flu germs from a cough or sneeze can travel through the air in invisible droplets that can infect any surface. You should wash your hands before you eat, after you use the bathroom, and anytime you come home from somewhere.
Most college students need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Being well rested and getting enough sleep allows your body to boost its immune system and fight off infection and viruses.
The body needs to receive a healthy diet and the proper nutrients in order to build a strong immune system to fight off cold and flu infections. A poor diet will only lead to a weakened and run-down immune system (this includes booze). Eating a healthy diet and getting enough of the right nutrients will set yourself up for the best success in defeating the winter flu this season.
Getting regular exercise in the winter months can be difficult for a lot of people, but it is actually very important. Being active is a great way to support and keep your body healthy in the winter season.
Whether you just had company over at your house or you have been alone in your house for a week, cleaning surfaces thoroughly and often is a great way to avoid any unseen germs. Even if you are the only person to touch that surface, you never know what invisible flu germs could be hanging around your house. It is better to be safe than sorry.
It may come as a surprise to some people, but stress is terrible for the body and weakens the immune system. Stress breaks down the immune system, which is why college students seem to be more susceptible to these cold and flu viruses. Taking time at the end of your day to do something that you enjoy or just relax for a little bit could make all the difference.