Before moving in to school in August, people told me to stock up on Advil, Tylenol, etc. because apparently everyone gets sick pretty often in college. I guess I underestimated this advice or something because I did not have half the amount of medicines I needed when I got super sick! I recommend having a good amount of Tylenol and Ibuprofen in your room as well as a First Aid kit (at least bandaids and Neosporin) because I promise you'll use it more than you would think!
+ Stock up on fluids
Hydrating with lots of water is obviously important, but any sports drink with salt and electrolytes will really help your body start to recover. Gatorade is the only thing that has gotten me to feel more "with it" because I've been so low on electrolytes. When I was super sick during rush, my friend ran to CVS and got me 8 bottles - they honestly helped so much!
+ Invest in a thermometer
I can't even remember the last time I used a thermometer when I was living at home, so I didn't think it would be necessary to have one in college. One morning last week, though, I woke up, got out of bed and became super dizzy and hot out of no where. That day, I went to the Health Center (aka my second home) and picked up a thermometer. I ended up having another one of those super hot spells and figured out that I had a 102.8 fever. Thank god I finally figured out my temperature when I did and was able to get the medicine for it.
+ Don't forget to eat!
When I'm sick, I often lose my appetite and forget to eat for a good amount of the day. Being in college, it takes so much effort to walk somewhere to grab food that it makes eating while you're sick even more challenging. However, you'll probably feel even worse and won't get better as quickly. My roomie is seriously the best and would run and get me food a couple times every day I was really sick - I don't know what I would have done without her!
+ Rest, rest, rest
At home, I always took for granted how peaceful and quiet it was when I needed it to be. If I was exhausted and needed a nap or a good night's sleep, nothing really stopped me from doing so. At school, though, there's always stuff going on. People are yelling in the hallway, neighbors are blasting music, you have a ton of work to get done... the distractions are endless. What I've realized, though, is that the only way you'll get better is by dedicating a few days to getting quality rest. Do some work from bed, maybe run an errand or two but really focus on getting lots of sleep and down time. Skip going out for a weekend to make sure you're back to being healthy!
Any other tips? Comment them below!
Sorry for my sporadic posts lately - I need to kick this virus in the butt then I'll be back to blogging :)