Cold Season

By Christine Pitts

Germs, germs everywhere! For the last three weeks I have been battling a cold that just won’t go away. Being in graduate school, or working full time, the last thing anyone wants is to be sick. Being
sick can suck the life out of you and make it difficult to get assignments done. So, how does a student affairs graduate student power through a cold? Here are some tips that I learn again, and again, every year.
  1. Take vitamins everyday. I’m sure you hear your parent or guardian in your head as you read that, but mom and dad could never have been more right. When I start feeling run down I double up on my vitamins. Emergen-C is my lifesaver.
  2. Hand sanitizer. Have it on you at all times. Keep one at your desk, in your car, and in your jacket pocket. I would also like to note that actually washing your hands is better, but we don’t always have that option while we’re out and about, so best to be safe then sorry.
  3. Eat healthy. Food is fuel for your body. Eating the right food and a balanced diet is vital to keeping your immune system up and running. I know being in graduate school this can be really difficult with money, but do the best you can.
  4. Exercise. Even if that means just taking a half hour walk everyday. It’s amazing for your body and also clears your head.
  5. Rest. This is pretty self explanatory, but I’ll say it anyway. Your body needs rest when it is fighting a cold, flu, bug, etc. Make it a point to get into bed early or just relax for a couple minutes during the day.
  6. Talk to your people. Your professors, supervisors, the people who work in your office, the people you are working on an assignment with etc. Keep them up to date on how you are feeling. Everyone gets sick, so we all know what it’s like. It’s important the people you work with know what’s going on, so they can better help you recover, or at least understand.

If you’re fighting a cold right now, I am right there with you! Soon the cold and flu season will be over and it will be a distant thing of the past until next year. If you have any tips on fighting the wintertime bug feel free to leave a comment below or tweet me @cpitts_ 

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