Winter is coming, and so is flu season. It can be difficult to stay healthy while you’re studying abroad because you’re constantly on the go. Here are our tips for how to stay healthy as the weather gets colder:
If you’ve been travelling or going somewhere every weekend, take a couple days off and rest; your body will thank you for letting it relax for a bit. And if you’ve been spending your days exploring and your nights studying, or having late-night Netflix binges with your new flatmates, chances are you haven’t been getting much sleep at night. So try to go to bed earlier and get a good night’s sleep, that way you won’t feel ill and can continue bonding with your new friends and getting to know the UK.
When you’re in a new place it’s great to try that culture’s food, but fish and chips isn’t necessarily the healthiest thing you could be eating, so make sure to get some fruits and veggies in your diet. In the UK, not only does much of the packaged produce tell you how much counts as one serving (ex. 7 cherry tomatoes), but even things like soup will tell you how many servings of vegetables it contains, so it’s easy to know whether or not you’re consuming the recommended 5 servings a day.
You should have already done this when you first arrived, but if you haven’t registered with a doctor yet, do it now! You need to register with a doctor before you get sick or else you won’t be able to see one right away. And go to the doctor as soon as you start to feel ill so you can begin to get better before you get worse.
Additionally, be sure to constantly wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and keep your distance from people who you know are ill. If you follow these tips, you might just escape flu season with your health!