5+ layers of clothing.
10+ hours of sleep per night.
50+ cups of tea.
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.
- 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.
- 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!”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!