With the weather getting colder, flu season settling in, and the stress of college classes and exams, it’s not surprising that you or people around you are getting sick. Staying healthy even in the best conditions can be challenging, but in college, when you’re surrounded by hundreds of people and coming in contact with thousands of different surfaces, it’s important to take extra precautions.
At Kent’s Best Apartments, we not only provide college students with affordable off-campus housing, we also care about the health and wellbeing of everyone living in our apartments. As holidays and exams are getting closer, we want you to be able to enjoy your time off and fly through your exams! Here are a few seasonal tips on staying as healthy as possible.
Drink Plenty of Water
As a student, there’s no doubt that you’re constantly on the go, making it hard to stay hydrated. Wherever you’re headed, it’s a good idea to bring water with you. If you carry a backpack around with you, look for a reusable water bottle that can slide into an outside compartment. When you’re lounging around your KSU apartment or studying in the library, take frequent sips to make sure your body is getting the water it needs to flush out toxins.
Eat a Balanced Diet
A significant benefit of living in off-campus housing is that you can make your own meals. If you’re new to grocery shopping, read our past blog for tips on shopping and cooking healthy meals. The important thing is that you’re getting a diet full of healthy proteins and fats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. With the right food, nutrients, and minerals, your body will have a better chance of fighting off colds or even the flu.
Limit Junk Food
It can be challenging eating a balanced diet when junk food is often so much easier and quicker. And we understand that college students like to have a good time on the weekend, but try to limit the junk food you’re eating as well as the alcohol you’re drinking. Unnecessary sugar and unhealthy fat can hurt your immune system, so when your body does come in contact with germs, it will have a harder time fighting them.
It all comes back to a healthy immune system. Just like getting enough water, exercise can also help strengthen your immune system. Any physical activity, such as walking to class, jogging, playing tennis, or swimming will help flush bacteria out of your body and lungs and can also help the white blood cells in your body fight disease. Kent’s Best Apartments features a gym and a pool, so you can get some exercise all year round.
A well-rested body can also help strengthen your immune system. Even though it’s tempting to stay up all night cramming for an exam, it’s best to give your body and brain a break and let yourself get a full night’s sleep. And avoid trying to simply “catch up” from lack of sleep on the weekends. Even though it feels great to sleep in till noon on a Saturday, it’s always best to keep a consistent eight hours of sleep every night.
Wash Your Hands
Personal hygiene is one of the best methods for staying healthy during the cold and flu season. We don’t often think about the things that we come in contact with throughout the day — your laptop, door handles, the coffee maker, pens and other writing utensils, or when you shake someone else’s hand. So when germs are transferred to your hands, and then you touch your face, there’s an increased risk of those germs entering your body. Be sure to wash your hands frequently and for at least 30 seconds to make sure all of the germs are washed away.
Cover Your Mouth
If you do happen to get sick, try as best as you can to prevent spreading the germs to other people. When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your mouth. If you don’t have a tissue on hand, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands! As the germs will have a much greater chance of being transferred to other surfaces or people.
It’s easy to take being healthy for granted. We so often think “I never get sick.” So we avoid taking certain precautions. But when you’re not doing your best to stay healthy, getting sick is bound to happen.
If you’re looking for Kent State off-campus housing or apartments, get in touch with Kent’s Best Apartments. We offer a variety of layouts, including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as pet-friendly apartments, a gym, in-suite washer and dryers, and a pool. Our affordable apartments have everything you need to make sure your college years are successful and healthy! Give us a call today to schedule a tour!