Remember when you were little and you came down with a cold? Mom or Dad would make you soup, tuck you into bed, and feed you medicine. Well, now you’re on your own, and chances are when you are hacking all over place even your best friend won’t want to get near you. What to do!?
First things first…if you wake up in the morning feeling like total crap, give yourself a sick day. We have a tendency to push ourselves to the limit in college, but remember: even big corporate offices give sick days, and that’s for a good reason. If you try to keep going like normal, chances are you’ll make yourself even more sick, thus forcing you to possibly miss even more time than if you just took it easy early on. Obviously if you have an important exam or test you may have to suck it up and go to class, but otherwise, just stay in bed.
Make sure to sleep in and get some extra rest–close the blinds and don’t turn on the TV (not yet, at least!). When you feel like you can’t sleep anymore, take a hot shower. Sudacare makes these great tablets that you stick on the floor of your shower; they react with the hot water to make a really nice steamy vapor that opens up your sinuses (and calms you down).
Make yourself some tea, and get a bottle of water and some tissues before you hunker down on the sofa. If you’re feeling hungry, try something simple like toast or an apple. The most important thing you can do for the remainder of the day is drink fluids and rest. Try chicken soup (or vegetable broth) for dinner to keep your strength up. Take some nighttime medicine and GO TO BED EARLY!
Oh, and now is a great time to stock up on all the supplies you might need–there’s nothing worse than going out to buy more medicine when you’re already feeling icky. Here’s a quick list (all of which you can get for cheap at the local drugstore):
-Daytime cold + flu (like DayQuil)
-Nighttime cold + flu (like NyQuil…knocks you out!)
–Thera-flu (like tea, but with medicine!)
-Tissues, tea, cans of chicken soup
–Emergen-C packets (vitamins are great when you’re sick)
You may not get the Mom-and-Dad treatment, but with this plan, hopefully you’ll be back to full health in no time!