Have you worked in groups yet in college? Some groups worked well together; others took longer;or never found that flow. Yay, in-class drama.
Okay, so getting sick at college, SUCKS. Here is your list of essentials to survive a sick day at school.
This one is self explanatory. I went through 2 boxes of tissues in 3 days.
Halls Cough Drops or Throat Drops
These will make your sore throat and cough so much better! Personally I like the ‘Halls Breezers’ throat comfort ones the best.
Lots of water
LOTS OF WATER. You want to get better, don’t you? Stay hydrated!
Drink all the tea. So nice on a sore throat. I really like Sleepytime Tea: Sinus Soother. Or any of the sleepytime teas. Green tea with honey is a great option as well. Green tea has lots of antioxidants and good things that will help heal your body; honey soothes your throat and sweetens.
Mucinex is magic if you are congested. The commercials may be silly, but this stuff reallyknocks the mucus right out of your system.
Eat lots of hot soup! This is usually all I want to eat when I’m sick. Try to stay away from creamy soups ;dairy makes for more mucus. I like roasted chicken and veggies. Minestrone is also really good.
Comfy pajamas or clothes
Duh. Comfy clothes are a must for sick days
I was dying for a humidifier when my allergies kicked in severely! My throat was so dry and raw. I heated water in the coffee maker to get it really hot and put it right next to my bed like a make-shift steam treatment. It worked okay, but a humidifier would work even better.
To wrap up in and snuggle your way to wellness!
A best friend or boyfriend
You have got to have a bestfriend or boyfriend or someone to bring you all of your supplies if you don’t have them already!
You’re probably going to binge on Netflix, A LOT.
What are your sick day essentials?
- There are a lot of fun free things to do with friends. You really don’t have to spend money to have a good time. My school is constantly having free events, we even have a student organization that plans these events, often two or three times a week! They show recent movies and provide drinks and popcorn, they bring in speakers, they hold dog therapy sessions and paint classes. They bring in a little of everything, all included in the student fees!
- There is someone out there that feels the same way you do! Not everyone is the same typical freshman who just wants to party and experience freedom. Although you will encounter that frequently, there are people who share your values. Give yourself a chance to find some good friends!
- People do wear sweats to class, but you’ll feel a lot better if you put some effort in! Seriously, you feel so much more confident and awake if you put some jeans on instead of sweats. I had 8ams Monday through Thursday this week, and I felt so much better when I actually put in the five extra minutes. Would y’all be interested in seeing some quick class outfit ideas?
- It is so easy to get on a weird eating schedule. It is so easy to end up starving and wanting to eat at 11pm, say hello to the freshman fifteen. It is likely that you’re going to reach fastfood. Do yourself a favor and keep some healthy snacks in your dorm so you don’t eat crap right before bed. I’ll be doing a post on my favorite healthy snacks sometime soon!
- You and your roommate might never be besties. It seems like a lot of people get very close to their roommates. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. And that is okay! If you can’t handle it, request a new roommate. Otherwise, it isn’t the end of the world, you only have to live with them for one year. Just be respectful of them and do what you can to be friendly.
- Professors aren’t all older, and mean and scary. Most of my professors were perfectly normal and approachable. Some of them were even younger than I expected. Don’t be afraid to talk with them about a grade or get help in a specific topic.
- You want TAs! They’re a lot more approachable! The TAs are not dealing with as many students as your professors are, and often times as a result get to know you better. And, if your professor is kind of scary or seems unapproachable, your TA is likely a much easier person to go to, and should know plenty of information to help you!
- Most people work while in school! Seriously, you will not be the only person to have a job if you have a job. It seems that the fast majority of students have some kind of job. No one will look down on you for it.
- Some of your traits might be amplified by the stress of school, and this is the best time to turn to God! For me, my tendency to be a worrier and anxiety increased. I am slowly learning to turn to God as these issues come up, to pray instead of wallow in these icky feelings. Fellowship is also a good way to deal with these feelings. I had a bible study with a friend twice a week, as well as homegroup through church once a week and church on Sundays.
- You need to balance time with friends and with school work. I focused too much on school work and as a result, struggled to find a close friend group. Please don’t make my mistake, put yourself out there! Get involved in something to make some good friends. Honestly for me, I tend to make friends best when doing work together. My closest friends were two girls I met with regularly to study for our government class. They were also in my drawing class.
What did you learn your first semester of college? Or if you aren’t in college yet, what was your favorite thing from my list?