It happens every year.
The weather turns and all of a sudden you feel it happening — you get that tickle in your throat, your nose is stuffed, you’re feeling miserable and mom’s get-well soup is no where around.
Here’s some useful tips and tricks to avoid getting sick this season, or at least help shorten the length of your cold. Take notes, Jacks!
1. Stay hydrated
Drinking water throughout the day can almost seem like a chore, but trust us — your body will thank you! You may not realize how dehydrated you can get just walking around campus, seriously though, 7000 feet is no joke! Not only will this help you with feeling better, but it can improve concentration, skin appearance, and even boost your immune system.
Pro tip: get yourself a re-usable water bottle and decorate it with your name and all the awesome stickers you can collect throughout town!
2. Don’t share stuff with people who are already sick
You roommate’s giant fleece throw and comfy futon may seem like an appealing pace to curl up and get ahead on some readings… but is it worth sharing germs?
Try to not share anything with anyone who may be sick — for obvious reasons. This includes: cups, plates, utensils, towels, pillows, blankets, and any other personal item.
3. Get those Zzzzzzzzz’s
All-nighters may seem like a good way to cram in all your procrastinated studying, but they may be doing you more harm than good.
Getting full 6–8 hours of sleep is proven to keep your body AND MIND at its optimum functioning level. Less (or more) than that can throw you off your game and impact your health.
4. Taste the rainbow
When eating around campus, or on your own — the more colors on your plate the better! Shoot for a rainbow at each meal to get enough vitamins and nutrients that will kick your body into gear and have you feeling great after a meal.
5. Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize
Antibacterial wipes are your friend. Use them along with hand sanitizer to kill any germs and viruses that could be living on common surfaces like door handles, countertops, faucet knobs and even tv remotes.
Lumberjack tip: learn how to make your own DIY antibacterial wipes here.
6. Avoid washing dishes where you brush your teeth
Residence halls have kitchens and supplies for washing your dishes to avoid this scenario. Washing your dirty dishes in the same sink that you brush your teeth can transfer bacteria from uncooked food right to you — and can lead to food poisoning.
7. Stay active
If you haven’t already been to Campus Rec — run there now! Or you can run inside on the amazing fitness equipment available to all students. Open weekdays from 6am-11pm, you can get in a work-out before or after class.
Mix up your routine and take advantage of NAU’s group fitness classes. From hip hop to yoga to TRX and aqua fitness — there’s ample ways to stay #NAUStrong.
8. Prepare for the worst
NAU’s Campus Health Pharmacy, The Wedge, and even the Campus Market at The Suites have cold and flu medicine, Kleenex, tea and lozenges, and thermometers — have your stash ready in case you need it! All of these locations take JDE and Dining Dollars as if they weren’t convenient enough already.
9. Cover your cough/sneeze
One sneeze can travel at over 100 miles per hour and propel over 100,000 germs into the air… Cover your sneeze and cough! The best way to do this is to sneeze into a tissue and then toss it out, if you don’t have a tissue handy try to aim toward your upper sleeve or crook of your elbow, NOT your hands 😷💨
10. Use your resources
If you are in need of medical services and have exhausted the limits of Day-Quil and hot tea — Campus Health Services is available for urgent care walk-in visits, or you can schedule an appointment online. Find out more about NAU’s health plans here to ensure you are covered when it counts!
Looking to get some more information about being healthy all around? The Health Promotion office can help students learn about mental, sexual, physical and emotional health all year long!