What do you do to avoid falling sick in the midst of assignments and exams? Probably nothing, like most of us. Until it’s too late.
I’ve talked a lot about the importance of getting enough sleep despite being a super busy university student. I’ve mentioned the huge difference exercise can make in your daily life several times on this blog. I’ve talked about the art of self-discipline. These practices can definitely help you avoid falling sick. But, most of the time, they are hard to keep up with.
Yes, I get you. It’s not easy to wake up early every morning to break a sweat. When you’re a student, your bed is so much more inviting than your sports shoes. Sleep? As much as we know it’s good for us, we’re all guilty of pulling all-nighters because of that one damn last-minute assignment.
Things happen… and they never stop happening on campus.
So, how do we take care of our health without thinking too much?
I figured, instead of focusing on habits that need time to be formed and ingrained into our hectic routines, how about we start small?
I’ve compiled five which you can adopt in a second, or that you are probably already doing! Most of them are old news, but we still manage to neglect them.
1. Drink A LOT of water.
This is my dad’s golden rule. Dehydration is the worst thing you could have on campus (think: constipation).
On campus, I always bring a water bottle wherever I go. There are water dispensers everywhere so we better make good use of them. Remind yourself to drink every hour. You don’t need a fancy app for that (although such apps do exist!); you can simply place your water bottle in front of you wherever you are studying.
You’ll find yourself reaching for it out of boredom or restlessness.
2. Clean your room.
Working in a clean space makes all the difference. Don’t let the dust settle. Open your windows; make your room breathable. Make it at least a weekly habit.
Often, it’s simple hygiene that saves you from getting sick.
3. Wash your hands frequently.
Talking about hygiene! Your room may be clean, but the campus mostly isn’t. Your hands have to hold tons of paper and books, touch endless tables and chairs, and help you eat. And with that hectic schedule of yours, it’s easy to forget to wash your hands regularly, several times a day.
I’ve been lucky (not?) that I frequently need to use the bathroom in ‘cold weather’ (read: air-conditioned rooms), therefore I do end up washing my hands a lot.
You can easily make it a habit to head to the bathroom after every class and during every break. If you have back-to-back classes, that’s where you get to escape the cold lecture halls. If not, you can always buy a hand sanitizer and place it in front of you, next to your water bottle.
4. Take the stairs.
Save electricity. Take the stairs.
They have posters like this near our lifts. And sure, why not? For many of us, that’s the only exercise we can afford to do during those hectic weeks. Besides, lifts often take forever to get to you. From my experience of lifts, I’m sure you’d reach your destination faster if you take the stairs.
5. Don’t wait ’til it’s too late.
Finally, if you feel like you’re going to fall sick, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF IMMEDIATELY.
We all know the symptoms: a sore throat in the morning, a little cough, and the next thing you know you’re too weak to study. Take action early. Eat oranges and drink honey; whatever works for you.
We’re adults now; it’s time we act like it’s true!
Be responsible for your health.
You wouldn’t want to let your pile of work accumulate.
Do you have any other simple habits that help you avoid falling sick? Let me know in the comments below!
D. K. Waye.
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