College Life: 5 Tips to Feeling Better When Sick

Katherine Daniel, Editor in Chief~

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It is finally that time of the season for…sickness! It is around that time in the school year where everyone on campus is getting sick, especially if they live in the dorms. For me, my allergies have been the worst because of the weather changing from 75 degrees one day to 40 degrees another day. It is hard to take care of yourself while being sick at school, but here are some tips to get you on the path to feeling better and getting out of your room to go to class.

  1. Drink lots of tea with honey or a hot drink.

Drinking tea or coffee always soothes my throat whenever I am sick and adding honey to the tea will only help! Every kind of tea has its own benefits for you, so you can never go wrong with a cup of tea while sick. Hot coffee is always a plus too because you have your different flavors and creamers to choose from as well. Different teas provide you with different nutrients, and the more nutrients your body has, the better it will feel. My personal favorite flavor of tea is salted caramel tea.

  1. Get a good amount of rest.

Something my mom is always tells me when I am sick is that “sleep is the best healer.” I have to say, in my experience of getting sick, making sure that I am getting enough sleep has always helped in my process of feeling better. For me, some evenings I get in the bed at 1:00 a.m., so that does not help me when needing to get rest. Make sure when you are sick, to have good time management when keeping up with school work so you do not get behind. One thing to be careful of is to be sure that you aren’t getting too much sleep because that could lead to opposite effects.

  1. Make an appointment with the health center or at a doctor’s office.

If you don’t feel better in a couple of days, it is best to either make an appointment with the student health center or a doctor’s office, or go to a local MedExpress Urgent Care to see if you can be prescribed any antibiotics to help you get better. The important thing to remember about antibiotics is to also take probiotics to balance them out and to help boost your immune system in the future.

  1. Stock up on soup and crackers.

A lot of times, being sick also means having a weak stomach, so eating light foods like soup is always the best route to take until your stomach is strong enough for more solid foods. Usually when I am sick, my favorite soup is chicken noodle soup or vegetable soup that my mom makes. Also, try to eat toast or crackers with your soup to help settle your stomach.

  1. If you are able to, go home.

Finally, staying in the dorms may be one of the factors contributing to your sickness. If a parent can come and get you, or if there is any way for you to go home, you should take advantage of this. I know for me, I never went home when I was sick, but some other people that I know did. Do not worry so much about missing class. If you email your professors and have a doctor’s note, they will most likely be understanding, but make sure to not procrastinate about getting your work done.