Freshers’ flu can really take it out of you, therefore it’s essential to avoid it at all costs. Freshers’ flu is a blend of cold and flu-like symptoms along with a pounding headache, sore throat, tiredness and mood swings and can be easily spread due to the closed-quarter environments of student living.
Student halls are well known for their famously clean environment, the lecture hall is filled with circumvented air and the bacteria in the student union mingle more than the people in it.
Worried? Don’t be! Freshers is an amazing time that everyone should indulge in but you should take note of the following tips and tricks, avoiding freshers’ flu is essential.
Have a look around your living space, is there any room for improvement? Can it be cleaner? It may not need a mass clean, but running an antibacterial wipe across your surfaces will reduce the bacteria. It may be difficult to do this in communal areas, although hand sanitizer is an option!
Burning the candle at both ends and reducing the hours of sleep you normally have is a major issue and can encourage freshers’ flu to hit home, hard. If you begin to feel run down – give yourself a night off the partying and have an early night. Or if you can’t turn down a night out – have an afternoon kip!
Nutrients Are Key
We’re not talking about FAD diet plans or consuming liters of green blends – simply reduce the amount of junk food, and ensure your daily vitamin intake is met. Junk food = wrong fuel. Junk food can leave you feeling worse, run down and lack motivation, combine this with a night out and your immune system is suffering.
Stressing out about your exams will not help, neither will worrying about missing a night on the town. It’s perfectly normal to feel homesick when you start University, even if you’re having the time of your life. Okay, so you’ve heard of freshers’ flu going around campus and now you’re worried about catching the germ riddled infection – don’t worry! Walking around with a white forensic suit and mask isn’t the answer and it certainly won’t help you socialize. If you make contact with someone with the bug, stay positive and don’t let stress get the better of you.