Freshers' Flu - what's that?
It's 2pm, you've survived Freshers Week, but your only accomplishment is rolling yourself up in the duvet and phoning your flatmate begging them to fetch you a cuppa...
Chances are after 5 nights out in a row and 300 new ‘best friends’ you've got yourself a case of Freshers' Flu!
What are the signs?
- You can't stop shivering. Even your woolly hat, knitted scarf and three hoodies aren't helping.
- You’ve (somehow) made it to your lectures, but can’t hear a thing the lecturer is saying over your coughing or sneezing.
- You’re burying your head under the pillow ignoring your parents’ phone calls to stop them adding to your pounding headache.
- Getting up to go to the bathroom feels like more of a task than moving all your stuff in did.
If these sound familiar, here are a couple of things that have probably caused it...
- Junk food: It’s 3am, you're starving and those cheesy chips are too tempting to deny! But healthy food improves energy levels, so don’t forget what you’ve been taught …. EAT YOUR GREENS.
- Excessive alcohol: It may seem like something is happening every night, but too much alcohol can weaken your immune system and make you more prone to illness. So maybe Netflix and chill tonight instead?
- Sleep: A classic error is attending every night out. Even the party animals know when to have a night off! Plus turning up groggy with puffy eyes is never a good look.
- Stress: You’ve moved to a new place, with new people and trying to juggle nights out with lectures. Try not do more than you can handle or you'll burn yourself out.
- Mingling: You'll be coming into contact with loads of new people, there’s no avoiding it. Try and take care of yourself and keep clean!
- Not wrapping up: Short shorts, body paints and a bikini top for hula fancy dress all look great but will these keep you warm? No, so be sure to take a coat/jumper.
If you do get struck down by Freshers' Flu, the last thing you want to worry about is seeing a doctor. Register with our Medical Centre for peace of mind.
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