Doctor’s appointments. Hospital visits, and that bunged up feeling in your nose and the shameful feeling of swallowing mucus.
It’s hard as a student to look after yourself when you’re ill in the winter, with no parent to force healthy food down your throat. That doesn’t mean I eat unhealthily, but it’s much harder not to take out the ready meal that’s been in the freezer for a month or so; or whip up yet another batch of pasta, with a side of pasta; or go with the even easier option of tea and a side of toast, whilst you cuddle up like a burrito with your ever faithful, and ever present lover Netflix.
Here’s a few of my things I like to do (they’ve been said time and time again but us students don’t listen to a damn thing!)
- Drink Tea. Lots of it.
Or coffee, or hot chocolate, or if you’re a hardy soul, go for the dreaded Lemsip. And soup, soup is a hero. Us British folk know that there’s nothing better than a loving cup of tea clutched in your hands and sipped gratefully, and it tastes even better when dunked with biscuit.
But seriously, it’ll warm you up, and make you feel that little bit happier and believe me, you need all the placebo you can get.
- Feeling Sorry for Yourself.
You can take it to a certain level, because we all need to feel a little pity for ourselves, because let’s be honest- who else will? But too much is detrimental, and can actually keep you feeling iller for longer. So force yourself up, and force yourself to move about and do little productive jobs; it’ll make you feel better about getting stuff done, and we all know as much happiness as you can helps!
- Take Medicine.
The worse it tastes the better it is for you, even the nasty stuff like Covonia. Do it, and regularly, but only when needed. I know it’s hard when Mum isn’t about to bug you that you last had medicine when you came home, so you need some now but do try.
- Fresh Air.
A top tip from my mum, that I’ve never forgotten. Whenever I was ill at home, she would always make me go out for fresh air at least once that day (unless I was vomiting profusely of course.) Of course no-one wants to do that when they are cosy and warm in bed, but the outside air does so much good compared to the stale recycled air we receive elsewhere. Even if you’re too ill to go outside, opening the windows for a bit can still help immensely.
You might not want to, but you need the strength to recover. Even if it’s a throwy-up bug, try a slice of toast (my mum stakes her life on ready salted crisps and Locazade). There’s not much more to say on the subject of food, other than JUST DO IT.