It’s officially the time of year for hot chocolate, cozy sweaters, and — unfortunately — sniffles and body aches. With cold and flu season here, we’re offering our best tips on fending off these bothersome viruses.
Wash your hands…A lot!
While this seems so obvious, it’s even more important in college. Think about it — you’re regularly using a communal bathroom, you’re in and out of countless classrooms, and you’re dining in a hall shared by thousands of other students. Lather up, guys!
And keep them away from your face.
Rubbing the sleepiness from your eyes after a long lecture is basically an instinct, but that’s how viruses sneak in. Keep your hands away from your eyes, mouth, and just your face in general — even if you’re washing your hands regularly.
Keep your stress low.
This might seem easier said than done, but stress has a nasty way of weakening your immune system — so this one is a must! Keep stress low by practicing time management, squeezing in some self-care, or finding other stress-busting tactics that work for you.
No matter how busy you are, SLEEP!
Sleep is also so important for your immune system! We know how common the infamous all-nighter is in college, but if the cold or flu virus finds you while you’re sleep deprived, you’re sure to lose that battle.
Make the right choices in the dining hall.
Speaking of supporting your immune system, eating right at the dining hall is one way to go about it! Pass up the junk food and look for something rich in vitamins, like citrus fruits and leafy green veggies. Foods like garlic, salmon, yogurt, and chicken soup are also known for their cold-fighting qualities.
Get the flu shot.
Getting the flu shot can ensure that you’re armored up and ready to battle flu season. Check and see if they’re available at your campus health center!
If all else fails, give your body what it needs.
There’s no fool-proof way to prevent these viruses, so if you do catch something, give your body what it needs! You’ll need to wait out the virus, so make sure you’re getting plenty of rest, drinking a lot of fluids, eating healthy, and avoiding others in the meantime.
What are some of your own tricks and tactics for cold and flu season? Share your best advice in the comments below.