Uni life can take its toll, with exam stress, balancing your work and social life and facing some harsh winters on a budget!
Don't give your immune system too much of a bashing, it bites back twice as hard!
Here's some top tips for staying happy and healthy:
- Sleep is not for the weak, your sleeping pattern is important to help you make the most of your time - daytime can be fun too!
- Don't spend your last £5 on beer rather than flu capsules, alcohol will delay your recovery - sacrificing a couple of midweek pints increases your chance of being good to go by the weekend!
- Eating 5-a-day doesn't have to mean just throwing an apple in your bag, get creative and shake it up with a smoothie or try adding some spicy veg to your frying pan.
- Needless to say exercise is vital for boosting your immune system, staying fit and releasing endorphins or 'happy hormones'.......but don't push yourself too hard if you're feeling under the weather or it could have the reverse effects.
Meningitis - get to know the facts:
Living closely together with lots of people can increase the occurrence of meningitis, but don't live in fear if symptoms are caught early it can be treated. As meningitis is life threatening and spreads rapidly through the body, early detection and immediate action is essential.
- High temperature or fever
- Feeling drowsy
- Confusion or disorientation
- Being violently sick
- Severe headache
- Neck stiffness (can't touch your chin to your chest)
- Joint or muscle pains
- Rapid deterioration of health
- Rash of tiny spots red/purple in colour, which may spread to look like bruising. In the majority of cases, the rash does not disappear when pressed firmly, a good way to check this is to press a glass against it.
What to do:
- If you suspect either yourself, your flatmates or friends have meningitis contact the university health centre or call 999 immediately.
- If you would like more information click here for the facts about meningitis amongst the student population, including handy stuff on vaccinations and first year specific advice.