Health & Wellness · Personal Development

Cold & Flu Season: Protect Yourself!

With cold & flu season right around the corner, it is a safe assumption to say that none of us like getting sick. However, it is a safe bet that at some point this winter, the inevitable is bound to happen. Below you will find some helpful tips to keep you healthy:

  • First and foremost, WASH YOUR HANDS! You can never do this enough. Be sure to use antibacterial soap and wash not only the fronts, but the backs of your hands as well. Make sure to use warm water, and wash for at least 20 seconds to kill germs. You can also use hand sanitizer especially after touching publicly-shared items, such as office telephones, computer keyboards and mice, and doorknobs.
  • Secondly, we all have those friends and co-workers that like to hangout while sick. Stay away from them! Sure we care about them and want to be around them, or it’s possible that you just can not avoid them. If this is the case, then refer back to tip #1. Also, refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or other close contact.
  • In the event you do get sick, Get some Sleep! I know as college students this is practically impossible, however, you need to give your body time to heal. This includes refraining from socializing and going to parties. Additionally, if this means you need to miss class, make sure you make prior arrangements with your professors. Trust me, no one wants to get sick. Friends and classmmates will thank you for staying  home.
  • Diet is everything! Make sure that you eat and drink healthy. Fruits, veggies, water, and plenty of Vitamin C will help keep those nasty bugs away.
  • Take your “Flintstones!” Take your vitamins. This will help to boost your immune system so in turn it keeps your body running like a fine-tuned machine!
  • Tea Time! Hot tea has tons of antioxidants that will fight off germs but also helps soothe your throat and prevents it from getting irritated. Personally, I use this strategy religously. As someone who tends to go for more natural remedies, hot teas can do wonders for you. Chamomile tea with sugar, honey and, lemon really helps!

In the case you do get sick and the illlness goes a little beyond your control, it is ok to seek some medical attention to prevent it from getting worse. Campus does have the Student Health Center, which offers medical attention.

So in the spirit of keeping a healthy community, I encourage you to share my tips on how to stay healthy during the cold and flu season! In fact, the first 30 current Vulcan Village residents to share this post on Facebook by clicking “Share” will win a Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer with carrier ring.

*Photo courtesy of David Lat

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