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There's Nothing Worse Than A Sick Day In College

By: Alexa Nissim

girl laying in bed

By far, some of the hardest days to get through in college are the ones you are dealing with any type of sickness. On top of all the homework, testing, and stress... you now have to deal with nursing yourself back to health. I’m definitely not a doctor by any means, but I have had my fair share of sick days while being away from home, so I want to share a few ways to make those days slightly better.

1. Don't Be Afraid To Take A Step Back From Your Work

I always felt pressured to go to classes or do my work even when I was not feeling my best. Looking back on those days, I now realize that it’s better to take one day off to fully recharge than feel shitty all week. I know it seems impossible, but try to step away from your studying for the day. Instead, try listening to a podcast or meditation videos.

2. Stay Hydrated

It is definitely easier said than done, but staying hydrated is so important when it comes to recharging. As much as we all want to lay in bed and rott on the sickest days of our lives, make sure that you are getting up every hour or two to fill up your water bottle. I know our parents can be annoying when they say "Drink some water" every time you don't feel good... But it actually works. I love these little Emergen-C packets that you can mix with water or even Liquid IV.

3. Call A Loved One

This genuinely might be one of the best remedies. Seriously, call your mom, dad, grandma or anyone who can help you lift your spirits and gain the energy to fight your sickness! Calling a loved one is the highest form of self-care. My mom always knows the most random, yet helpful tricks to help me fight any sickness on my own.

4. Sit Back And Relax

I recently had food poisoning and for a whole day... I sat in bed watching Netflix and taking naps. This really helped me regain my energy and feel 20 times better the next day. I know it's 2nd semester and you want to hang out with your friends or go to the bars, but I promise you... Rest is the only thing that is going to make you better. Curl up with a warm blanket and a good book and catch up on some sleep (we both know you need it). While it may suck at the moment, sometimes those sick days are a blessing in disguise to sleep in and take a break from those long study days.

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