I know, it’s not the most exciting topic, but being sick — especially with the stomach bug or flu — is 100% less exciting. So how can you beat the bug this season?
Get a Flu Shot
Let’s start with the basics; get a flu shot. Believe me when I say I know it’s not the number thing on your to-do list. Some are afraid of shots, others are like me and aren’t totally confident in the flu shot.
If you fall into the former category, follow these tricks to make it through.
- Look away when the nurse or doctor is preparing and giving the shot
- Think of something else
- If the pain is the biggest fear factor for you, poke the site of the shot with your nails first to numb the area (I know it sounds a little weird, but it works)
Wash your Hands. A lot. Even When you Don’t Think you Need to
Before you eat, wash your hands. After you get home from school, wash your hands. Before you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, wash your hands. Do you get the point yet? This is one of your best defenses against all sorts of disease causing germs, especially when you’re spending so much time in the disease filled prison we call high school.
And if soap and water isn’t feasible (or you go to a school like mine where germ spraying hand dryers are the only option) use hand sanitizer instead of, or in addition to soap and water.
Try to be Healthy in General
Eat your fruits and vegetables, (try to) get enough sleep, and live a healthy life.
To the coughers and sneezers out there:
If you have a cough or need to sneeze, DO IT INTO YOUR ELBOW! Do you really want your friends, family, and peers to get your cough or cold? Hopefully you answered no to that question.
If you really are sick, try to stay home. I know in high school, this isn’t always possible so if you must go to school while sick the best thing you can do to protect others is to wash your own hands often and COUGH OR SNEEZE INTO YOUR ELBOW, NOT YOUR HAND OR THE AIR.
Do you have any other tips to share? Comment them below!