The one thing that absolutely sucks about not being home in the winter is having to take care of yourself if you get sick. Don’t worry though, we’ve got a few tips to help you parent yourself when the flu hits.

Stay warm

We know laundry days are a pain, but you’ve got no choice but to layer up this season. Get yourself some thermal undergarments and a hot water bottle and you’re set. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go outside for fresh air, which is actually exactly what you need. Make sure you have a nice, comfy blanket as well so that you’re good for the next point.

Get enough rest

You need to sleep! There’s no way you can sneak in a movie night or a hangout at a friend’s place because not getting enough rest is exactly what’s going to turn the common cold into a nasty flu mess. So, if you want to be all good in no time, make sure you’re sleeping enough and that you’re staying comfortable to ease those annoying flu aches.

Stock up on soup

It might not be the most interesting thing to eat, but it’s healthier than noodles and definitely more nutritious. You can make yourself some vegetable soup, or stock on pre-made and instant soups so that all you have to do is heat them up and enjoy. You’ll find that there are lots of flavours you can actually enjoy and it’s pretty filling. Remember to also stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and tea.

Take hot showers

Since you probably don’t have a bathtub at res, the next best thing is a steamy shower. Take one before bed, get warm and comfortable, and get those much needed Z’s. You’ll feel a lot better in the morning.

Keep a flu kit

It’s a good idea to keep a fully stocked flu kit so that you don’t have to worry about buying meds if you do catch a cold. Your flu kit should consist of some instant ginger or peppermint tea, vitamin C supplements, tissues, cough syrup, a vapour rub, decongestants if you can take them, and any other type of flu medication that works for you.

Nobody likes getting sick, especially while you’re at res, but luckily, you can treat it with a bit of self-care. Remember to wash your hands frequently and blow your nose whenever you need to - don’t sniffle! Your campus clinic is also available, should you need to see a doctor. Good luck!

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