As we all know, college can be very stressful, and stress can greatly impact your health and well-being. Winter months are especially challenging when trying to stay healthy and stress free. Colds and Influenza, mono, and strep are more common this time of year on college campuses, partly due to close living quarters and more time spent indoors, but staying healthy can be achieved with a few simple things like staying hydrated. 

  • Drinking plenty of water promotes brain health, flushes toxins from your body, carries nutrients to your cells and organs, and prevents colds, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses.
  • Getting plenty of sleep is also critical when trying to stay healthy. Sleep is one of the most important habits you can develop and it’s important you make sleep a top priority for immediate and long-term health.
  • Making sure your bedroom is sleep friendly can help you get a good night’s rest. You can do this by darkening the room, maintaining a comfortable temperature, having a set bedtime, exercising during the day, and avoiding caffeine especially in the evenings.

To avoid the spread of germs, keep these other tips in mind:

  • Wash your hands! There are countless surfaces you touch that are shared with others on campus. Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds can prevent several illnesses.
  • Carry hand sanitizer for those times when you can’t immediately wash your hands.
  • Don’t share! Avoid sharing items such as drinking cups, smoking devices, school supplies, books, food, and drinks.
  • Limit alcohol consumption; instead drink herbal tea. Teas like dandelion, chamomile, and ginseng can boost your immune system
  • See a doctor when sick and stay home to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Don’t smoke. 
  • Eat healthy! Don’t skip breakfast, eat in moderation, and pack small snacks for when you feel hungry. Eating healthy, natural snacks will give you energy and help you focus.
  • Get vaccinated
  • Reduce your stress through exercise, doing something you enjoy, and volunteering.

Taking steps to prevent illness is a part of your academic success, so put in the little time and effort it takes to stay healthy and happy!

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