Dear Miss Molly,
It’s that time of year again … finals. As all of my due dates for projects, papers, and exams are approaching, I’m finding myself getting sick. Everyone around me is sneezing and coughing. I can’t be sick with all this work I have. What should I do?
Sick as a dog
Dear Sick as a dog,
People start to get sick at the end of the semester for two main reasons: a semester’s worth of partying and late nights is starting to catch up, and stress. When you’re stressed out, your immune system suffers and makes you more vulnerable to getting sick.
Sleep and nutrition are vital for keeping yourself healthy. If you’ve been staying out until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights all semester and eating nothing but pizza and french fries, it’s no surprise that you’re sick.
As finals are coming around, try to cut back on your partying and pay closer attention to your nutrition. Make sure you’re getting the recommended eight hours of sleep each night, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and slug down a big glass of OJ with breakfast every morning.
Stress is another culprit to your seasonal sickness. As teachers are piling on the work at the end of the semester, your stress levels spike, making you more sensitive to illness. Exercise is a great way to manage stress. Between time at the library, schedule some time at the gym to burn off some stress. It’ll make you feel better and help you focus more when you study.
Sometimes even if you have the healthiest habits, you may still find yourself sick. Load up on the vitamin C and hopefully a small cold won’t turn into something much worse.
Hope your sniffles get better soon!