Getting sick in University is inevitable. You’re constantly crammed into classes and lecture halls with people and let’s face it, our immune systems aren’t the best with all of the junk food we eat, lack of sleep we get and constant working that we do.
As I’m writing this post, right now, I’m sick. There’s some sort of tonsillitis/head cold/losing your voice thing that’s been striking down people in all of my classes and of course, I happen to catch it. It happens. That should be tip number one, accept your fate. You will not get through your degree without being struck down with some sort of cold/flu-like thing at least once or twice.
1. If you’re sick, stay in bed.
There is nothing that annoys me more than when there are people who are clearly sick/contagious rocking up to class and spreading their germs around to get everyone else sick. If it’s just a head cold, fine but if you’re seriously feeling ill, stay home. Don’t be that annoying person who contaminates the entire lecture hall.
2. Go to the doctor.
If you’re feeling so horribly under the weather that it’s impacting on your ability to work, go and get a doctors certificate. This will excuse any late work or absences and you won’t get into any trouble for being sick and missing work or deadlines.
3. Email your professors/lecturers.
This is an important one, especially if you’re missing class and you don’t have friends in the class you’re missing because it’s not only polite, but it gives you the ability to know what you’re missing and catch up on work. It also means you won’t miss out on any important announcements like a change of due date.
4. Get loads of sleep!
Your body recovers by sleeping, so let it. All too often I see people who are just trying to push through a head cold and then they take a turn for the worst and suddenly have pneumonia or something just as crazy because they didn’t listen to their bodies.
5. Drink lots of fluids.
Another important thing to help your body recover, especially if you have a fever or are vomiting. Try to aim for around nine cups a day! Also, try to avoid caffeine as it’ll make you more dehydrated!
6. Keep a ‘sick kit’ in your dorm/apartment.
Include things like paracetamol (great general pain reliever), Ibuprofen (another pain relief but also perfect for lowering temperatures), tissues, Vitamin C (no longer proven to prevent a cold or flu but will lower the duration of the cold!), Hydralyte or Pedialyte (for dehydration when vomiting). This way you won’t have to leave your bed in order to feel better!
Fingers crossed none of you will get sick anytime soon but if you already are, I hope you all feel better soon! What are your go-to tips for surviving sickness in university or college? Let me know, I’d love to add them to the list!