9 Freshers’ Flu Tips All University Of York Students Need To Hear
Freshers’ Flu. Let’s face it, you’re probably going to catch it. Everyone has been a social animal in small underground spaces and you’ve met people from all over the world, even Cardiff. Freshers’ Week is a viral jamboree. But acceptance is the first step, and here’s what you can do to help when the inevitable strikes.
1. Drink water.
It’s a classic, but drinking some of that high-quality H2O helps the kidneys remove toxins from your body, allows your cells to take in nutrients, and keeps your eyes and mouth clean. Just don’t be found drinking from the River Ouse.
2. Vitamins are your friends.
Vitamin B helps your body deal with fatigue, while vitamin C boosts your immune function. So try and get some fruits and vegetables in. And if you’re forced to go out, vodka and orange juice?
Doing some gentle exercise actually increases the number of NK cells in your body, giving your immune system a boost for the next 36 hours. Nothing too strenuous, even just walking to Clifford’s Tower post-night out will do the job.
4. Catch up on sleep.
There’s no need to stay quarantined in your room, but try to get to bed before midnight for a couple of nights? Kuda will still be standing next week, trust me.
5. Cut down on alcohol.
Forget I said anything.
6. Try to avoid stress.
You’ve moved away from home, you’re coping with finding new classes, and you’ve realised how much you spent last week on a round in Revs. But stress can have a MASSIVE effect on your immune system and general health, so take some time out, go chill in Museum Gardens, throw bread at some angry geese.
7. Get out of the smoking area.
Smoking inflames the membranes of the nose, making you more susceptible to infection, so try to cut down. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save not haggling a stranger for a fag during a night out.
8. Don’t be a hypochondriac.
It might be tempting to head to York hospital demanding drugs, but they’ll probably be useless – antibiotics only work for bacterial infections, meaning viral illnesses like Freshers’ Flu won’t play ball. Stock up on paracetamol though.
9. If in doubt… Call Mum.
You feel you may be breathing your last through your blocked nose, you’ve written your last will and testament on the remains of a Kleenex box, and you’re getting desperate. Call your Mum for an unlimited supply of sympathy. She’ll probably be so worried she’ll parachute a care package in by air ambulance.