Being at home and sick with people to take care of you is one thing, but being expected to take care of yourself like a normal human being while sick in college is a totally different ballpark. With the weight of classes and the importance of self care battling for our attention, we'll all have that moment that includes calling our parents from bed with a desperate cry for help of managing everything. Sometimes a mother's advice is all you need to feel ten times better. Here's some advice to you from other Moms of students for when you need it.
1. "Take vitamins!" - Margaret, Mother of a Northeastern University student
As both a preventative and remedial method, vitamins are a good choice to keep your immune system functioning well — particularly vitamin C when you're sick. However, a multivitamin can also make you feel better if you've been eating a bit too much dining hall mac and cheese and not enough vegetables. Gummy vitamins are a fun way to get these extra nutrients, and Margaret also recommends dissolvable Vitamin C packets like Emergen-C or Airborne to add some extra cold-fighting power to your water bottle every day.
2. "Good chicken noodle soup heals the soul." - Lisa, Mother of a Penn State student
It's scientifically proven that chicken noodle soup is here to help, but moms know best through experience. With nasal decongesting and mild anti-inflammatory effects, chicken noodle soup is a sick day must have. Find the best chicken noodle soup you can (other than the home-made stuff) whether it be from your dining hall, local corner store or Panera Bread. It'll make you feel better instantly.
3. "Rest, but don't stay inside all day." - Maya, Mother of a Kenyon College student
Exercise in general is good for your body, and that principle doesn’t just stop being true when you’re sick. Mild exercise — like getting out of your stuffy dorm room and taking a walk outside — can relieve the stress that comes from being sick and get your head feeling clearer. Some fresh air is always beneficial.
4. "Tea can fix any sore throat." - Ruth, Mother of a Harvard student
It's true; especially Throat Coat medicinal tea, which Ruth recommends. Have you ever heard people say eating marshmallows will help your sore throat? Well, if you’re one of the few people that have heard that before, just know that Throat Coat contains marshmallow root, which has throat soothing properties.
5. "Carry cough drops and tissues with you everywhere!" - Lily, Mother of an Emerson University student
Going to class is tough when you're sick, so to make it through the day Lily recommends keeping Ricola cough drops and lotion-infused tissues on you all the time. Nothing’s worse than sitting at a desk with a sore throat and endlessly runny nose with nothing to do about it. Being prepared will not only help you feel better, but also keep you from stressing about having coughing fits or sniffling super loudly in class.
6. "Keep doing things – it'll make you feel better." - Michelle, Mother of an MIT student
This is the proactive approach to illness, but it does help to keep your mind off of it. Listen to music, practice a hobby, read a leisure book — do something to keep your mind off of the work you have to do and how sick you are. It’ll keep your mental health intact, if anything.
7. "Honey, lemon and some green tea never fails." - Sheryl, Mother of a University of Southern California student
If fancy medicinal teas aren’t your thing, make yourself a classic honey lemon green tea and feel the benefits of its simplicity. Waking up every morning and having a cup of this while you’re sick will start your days off right.
8. "DayQuil and NyQuil are instant cold relievers." - Marie, Mother of a Colorado University student
Don’t stray from medication if symptoms get rough. Sometimes the only way to make it to class on time and intact is if you’ve been regularly taking these medications to mask your symptoms. Your grade and your mind will thank you when you stop compromising comfort for a refusal to take medicine.
9. "Showers will make you feel ten times better." - Angela, Mother of a Georgetown University student
A refreshing shower can wash away all the grogginess that comes with being sick, and transform your mindset. Taking one in the morning when you feel terrible can help force you to get up and tackle the day rather than if you just rolled out of bed without doing so.
10. "Take naps during the day (but don't miss your classes, they're expensive)." - Rhea, Mother of an NYU student
This approach seems frugal but it's honestly too real. Of course, if you know you have the flu or a huge infection, sleep as much as you need. However, with the common cold, how uncomfortable you are can persuade you to sleep through the day. Rhea is right, sleep when you can, but make sure to time your naps around your classes. They’re pretty important.
11. "Drink lots of water!" - Every Mom and Doctor Ever
Obviously when you think there's something really wrong happening in your body like the flu or a serious infection, go to the doctor and get diagnosed. However, those who go to the doctor with common colds always get the same advice: stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids. They tell you this for a reason. Flush all those bad things out of your body and get on with your life!
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