Getting Back to School: What to Do Once You’re Sick


Starting to get a cold? Here’s what you can do to get better and get back to school or work.

It’s cold season and we all know what that means: missing an unfortunate amount of school thanks to coughing, sneezing, and painful headaches. We’ve previously covered how to avoid getting sick at all, but if you’re one of the unlucky ones who came down with a nasty cold anyway, it’s time to do all you can to recover. Let’s take a look at how you can get back into school or the workplace and be productive once again.

Staying Hydrated

You’ve heard it a million times but it’s always worth saying again—you need to drink water when you’ve come down with a cold, especially if you have a fever. Having more water in your system can help thin your mucus out, which at the very least will make it easier to breathe and could reduce your coughing if you’re starting to get a post nasal drip. Plus, with your body working overtime to combat your sickness, so being dehydrated would be bad news.

Rest, Rest, and More Rest

If your symptoms are only contained in your head and you don’t have a fever, you may still be able to exercise or get some homework done every day. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be getting an extra amount of sleep though. Go to sleep early and, if you feel like you need to, take naps. Don’t force yourself to get to class or work either though—as important as school and work attendance is, sometimes we have to take some time off and make sure we’re healthy again before getting back at it.

Be Sure to Eat

If your throat is swollen and you’ve lost your appetite, it can be hard to find the will to eat anything. That said, it’s important to make sure your body has the energy to fight back against your sickness. As for what to eat? The classic chicken noodle soup really does have health benefits as a warm bowl of the stuff will help clear your sinuses, give you much needed energy, and is an overall healthy choice for anyone who has come down with a cold.

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