For our whole lives, our parents have been telling us to eat healthy and to not do things that are bad for our health. However, when you go away to college, you call the shots. You get to do what you want, when you want, and no one can tell you not to (other than your common sense, of course). Although finally being in charge of your own life is exciting, you can’t forget to take care of yourself so that you can stay at your prime. Here are some helpful tips to keep you healthy this year:
Use Your College Gym
Many colleges have their own gym and swimming facilities that are open for student use and are often included in tuition. Even if you’re a commuter student, you can still use the facilities any time you like. Staying active through exercise prevents illness. However, do make sure to wipe down equipment before you use it to ensure you aren’t getting sick germs from another student who used it. You can’t always guarantee the last person that used the equipment was courteous enough to do so. And it sure beats paying for a doctor’s visit!
Get Good Sleep
Some people can function on five or fewer hours of sleep, but that doesn’t make it healthy. Make sure you get at least six hours of sleep each night to keep your immune system at its best (and to keep you at your best throughout the day). I know it’s hard in college when you’re busy, busy but it’s imperative you prioritize your beauty sleep! Going to class and doing homework doesn’t seem so terrible when you’re not sleep deprived!
If You’re Sick, Skip Class
This doesn’t mean if you have a headache or a hangnail you should skip class. However, if you’re running a fever or running to the bathroom a lot, stay home. Your professors and peers will appreciate it and you won’t make how you are feeling any worse by not getting rest. You also don’t want to be the reason other students are getting sick. If you notice someone in class looks sick, avoid them as best as possible. As a side note, always get a doctor’s note when this happens. Many professors will deduct points for absences if you don’t have a written excuse. Read this guide for more tips on college sick days.
Got any other tips for avoiding sickness in college? Let us know in the comment section below!