One of the hardest thing to adapt to when moving to university is living alone – having to make yourself, having to do your own laundry, having to clean your room. But one thing that you don’t necessarily notice at first is that when you get ill, no one is there to look after you.
Whether it’s a cold or perhaps a more serious illness or maybe even just being hungover, but you notice it much more when there’s no one around you that can look after you.
It’s when you start to think that you might actually not be okay and you can’t ask your mum for advice, you have to go and get your own pain medication and book your own doctors appointment… Why is that so scary?
Here’s a few self help tips that you probably know but is kind of difficult to remember when your poorly and can’t think of anything else:
- Drink lots of water
- Don’t Google it – if you think you have cancer go to your doctor
- Nothing is too small for the doctor so if you’re scared, go
- No one will judge you for going to the supermarket in trackies, you’re not the first person to do it
- Try and eat at regular intervals, even if it’s just a slice of bread
- Drink more water
- Take painkillers regularly but if you’re taking multiple, make sure they’re okay to take together
- Don’t push yourself, if you need time off take it
- Don’t worry about food or eating healthy or doing exercise, unless that makes you feel better – eat and do what makes you feel better, whether that is salad or an entire bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk
- And then drink some more water
At the end of the day – if you think you’re seriously ill, book a doctors appointment because even if it’s nothing, it’ll give you some peace of mind.
In The Student Seat: Sophie