How to Cope with Being Sick in College

  1. Be Proactive

The key to kicking a cold is catching it early. The minute you start feeling that scratchy feeling in the back of your throat, get yourself some green tea and honey. Feeling a little sniffly? Don’t be afraid to blow your nose and get that stuff out of your body. As soon as you feel yourself getting sick, do what you gotta do to make yourself feel better.

 

  1. Get Your Rest

One of the best ways to get rid of a cold is to actually sleep. When I’m sick, my go-to strategy to get better is to go to sleep for the night as early as possible and to stay asleep as long as possible. When you’re sleep deprived (which I know we all are), your body can’t fight off colds as well, so it’s super important to get your rest.

 

  1. Try to Stay on Top of Your Work

I’m not gonna lie, this part isn’t the easiest to follow through on. When I’m sick, the last thing I want to do is study for a quiz or keep up with the readings for class. However, if you stay on top of your work at least a little bit, you’ll feel better when you finally get rid of that cold. That being said, if you can’t bring yourself to study while you’re on your death bed, then don’t worry about it. Honestly, just do what you need to do to get yourself felling better; that way, you can get better faster, which means you can get back to work faster! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay…

 

  1. Fluids, Fluids, Fluids!!!

I cannot stress how much being hydrated helps in getting over and preventing a cold in the first place. Drinking water is preferable, but herbal tea is also really good for you when you’re sick.

 

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  1. Take Time For You

Honestly, the best way to cure a cold is to actually take the time to get better. Everyone has different tricks that work best for them, so the best thing to do is to ignore all those temptations and focus on what your body is telling you. Get some sleep, stay hydrated, and do what you have to do to feel better.