by Liv

6 Tips to Avoiding Campus Cold Season

The semester is in full swing and winter is sadly on the horizon – which means cold and flu season is also approaching us. And once cold season starts on campus, it’s spreading is seemingly unpreventable and sooner or later we all suffer from cold and flu season.  While we all take extra caution to avoid catching any illness, there is always room for improvement!

 

  1. Clean Hands

Duh! Hands are the major contaminators of cold and flu germs, but washing your hands before you eat and after the restroom may not be enough to save you from the flu. It’s also good practice to wash your hands after any extensive contact with door handles, keyboards, hand rails, etc. While this might seem excessive, washing your hands as much as possible during cold and flu season will help prevent you from being that all too recognizable sniffling nose in the back of class!

 

  1. Diet

Washing your hands is not the only thing we can all improve on. Watching what you eat, while focusing on a healthy well balanced diet is proven to aid in building our immune systems!

 

  1. Water, Water… More Water

When we have a cold, people always remind us to drink lots of water and to stay hydrated. Well, hydration is just as important when it comes to avoiding illness too. In fact, research says you should be consuming half of your body weight in ounces per day!

 

  1. Exercise!

Did you know exercise boosts your immune system? This is because our bodies are able to fight off more bacteria due to the production of white blood cells during exercise. So, while cold and flu symptoms may have you feeling extra under the weather – be mindful about getting to the gym to sweat out those harmful toxins!

 

  1. A Good Night’s Sleep

Another way to avoid catching the flew is to ensure you are getting a good night’s rest. When we start to short ourselves on sleep, our immunity weakens and therefore we are more susceptible to catching a bug.

 

  1. Manage Stress

Stress can have many negative effects on the body and weakening your immune system is one of them. Finding a way to combat the inevitable stress of college life is crucial for surviving the cold and flu season!

 

While it isn’t always possible to completely avoid getting sick, these tips will at least help you combat the campus cold and flu season!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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