The worst part about college is not having your mother there to take care of you when you get sick, here's how you deal!

College students and 20-something adults everywhere agree: the worst part about living away from home is not having your mother to take care of you when you get sick.

The truth is, the majority of college student’s don’t even know what to do when they get sick.

I, having an auto immune disorder, have lived through more than my fair share of sick days. So I’m here to help you being sick in college.

1. Get Some Rest

Nothing can help you get over being sick better than some good old rest. Relax for a little bit. Have a Netflix marathon and take a nap.

As college students we often push ourselves past our health breaking points without realizing it, and we need to take a moment to back track and breathe.


2. Pamper Yourself

If you’re like me, skipping an entire day of classes ends up with you being bored out of your mind. Treat yourself!

Do a face mask. Watch that new TV show you’ve been wanting to see. Work on that paper you haven’t had time for. Paint your nails. Organize your backpack. Go grocery shopping. Do something that you have been needing to do but haven’t had the time for because you’ve just been moving way too fast.

3. Visit the Health Center

When you’re really sick, you know it. Go to the doctor. Your campus’ health center should offer super discounted visits where they will be able to tell you if it’s just a cold or something a little more serious.

Chances are this will also just be a short walk away from your dorm room, so you won’t have to get out of bed for too long. (If you go to the health center, don’t forget to ask for a note for your professors! Some professors will accept this as an excused absence if you have to miss class.)


4. Take Cold Remedies

pillSometimes, you don’t have the time to wait out a long cold or flu. It’s important that you stock up on cold remedies for times when your life wont slow down enough to give you a chance to get to the store.

Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu QuickMelts® is a great choice for relieving cold symptoms like cough, chest congestion, and sore throat. They’re formulated to work fast to shorten your cold.

These quick melts are pretty cool, since they melt in your mouth without water, releasing zinc ions into your mouth to shorten the common cold.

5. Skip Class

No no, I’m not promoting ditching all your responsibilities… but you should take a day or two off. At least one full day of rest is really needed for your body to enter recovery mode.

Check the syllabus first to make sure you aren’t missing anything too important. Text a friend from that class asking them to fill you in on what you miss. E-mail the professor to let them know you won’t be there. Now go back to bed.


6. Don’t Forget to Eat

We all know that when we’re sick we need to stay hydrated. Water. Gatorade. Tea. Soup. These are your new best friends.

However, and I am definitely guilty of forgetting to eat real food while I’m sick. So suck it up, get out of bed, and make yourself a meal or go pick one up. It will make you feel better.


7. Clean

I don’t know about you, but when I get sick my room becomes a disaster.

Even before then, chances are that I was under too much stress and moving way too fast and that is what caused me to be sick, so my room was a disaster.

When I’m at the tail end of a cold, there’s nothing more that I want to do than clean up my room. Wash your bedding, do your laundry, take out your trash, clean the dishes. You’ll feel better afterwards (and your roommate will thank you!)

Thank you to Cold-EEZE® and Her Campus Media for partnering on this post!

What are your tips and tricks for getting over a cold?



Dealing with Being Sick in College
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2 thoughts on “Dealing with Being Sick in College

  • November 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Getting sick in college is the worst. Great tips though! It’s also nice when the professors put their slideshows or video their lectures so you can still have access to a lot of the material.

  • November 18, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    A lot of students think they can power through their sickness and attend class. In the end, it kicks them in the butt more than if had taken a sick day. That’s what I learned during my first year of college.
    If you feel really sick, I highly recommend taking a sick day. 100% agree with your advice! It will give you the chance to catch up on sleep, relax, and just let your body fight off the virus.
    I also wrote a post on how to deal with being sick in college, feel free to check it out too.
    -Kim 🙂


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