Gazoontight! Or should I say robitussin?

5+ layers of clothing.

10+ hours of sleep per night.

50+ cups of tea.

100+ tissues.

Countless nose sniffles and dry coughs.

Yes, as you can tell, I am an incredibly sick university student alongside many others students here on campus.

I’m sure I was not the only one who was more excited that I probably should have been when the massive snowfall came down on London 2 weeks ago.


There was no snow when I left London before the Christmas break, and for the first time in many years, I did not experience a white Christmas. Disappointing, I know. Even when I returned to London after the break, there ceased to be any snow on the ground. Needless to say, I was very happy when snow managed to stay on the grass without quickly melting away. The snow came in quantities much larger than I had anticipated. Over the time period of ONE night there was so much snow that cars could barely travel more than 20km/hour, you could barely see the steps before you, and the buses were so cramped, they would often pass by their designated stops because they were already over-capacitated.

As the winter wonderland dream was shortly lived, so was my impeccable healthy immune system. I quickly became diagnosed with the common cold with the usual symptoms:

  • dry cough
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • tired and weak body
    same old same old.

The only difference this time is that I was not medically prepared. Back home I would simply run to the medicine cabinet, pop a few pills, sip some syrup before bed and TA DA, I would be cured in a few days.

As a struggling university student, I wanted to approach my sickness in a non-medicinal way. Here are the few tricks I used that have worked well enough without having to make a trip to the pharmacy.

  1. DRINK LOADS OF WATER. You’re already supposed to drink over 8 glasses a day, but when you’re sick you need to DOUBLE that amount.Staying well hydrated thins the body’s secretions, making it easier to cough and blow the nose.
  2. BLOW YOUR NOSE… A LOT. Try not to keep sniffing it in because you want to try and get the mucous out of your system. “Better out than in I always say!”


  3. GET LOTS OF REST. This does not necessarily mean take lots of naps and skip class. This could just mean get more than 8 hours of sleep at night, or cut down your schedule and rest in bed.
  4. DRINK HOT DRINKS. Now your regular café mocha, or grande latté do not count. If you are not a tea drinker before you are sick, you’re going to become one. Try to drink herbal teas such as chamomile, or honey lemon tea.


  5. THE CLASSIC CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP. Cliché, but effective! You don’t have to stick to chicken noodle though, any broth based soup is suitable. Try to avoid cream soups.


  6. DRESS IN LAYERS. It may be uncomfortable or a hassle but it is totally worth it if it prevents you from becoming even more sick than you already are.
  7. DISINFECT EVERYTHING. Once you are feeling better, be sure to wash EVERYTHING! Your toothbrush, sheets, pillowcases, waterbottle. You don’t want to infect yourself once again.

I may not be a med student, but Google has graciously helped me overcome my January sickness and I hope these home remedies help you as well. If you have access of medicine, I would also recommend taking some every evening before you go to sleep.

Get well my fellow stangs!


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