In Sickness and in Health: Changing to Better Habits

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I’m sick again. This seems to be a recurring theme in my life—I’ve become that kid in your middle school class who always had the sniffles. Except, probably a lot more hygienic. And hopefully much cooler.

At any rate, I’ve had bronchitis, strep twice and am now suffering through a head cold. My roommate is super pleased. Being sick so much this semester has made me realize how important my health is to me, and how much I value being healthy.

Of course, this is easier said than done, but I’ve been trying to make some changes to my life style that will help me be healthier in the future.

1) Eating fruits. And Vegetables. I am definitely guilty of loading up on carbs and less on salad, but I can recognize the value in a well-balanced meal. And adding fruit into my diet vocabulary is something I really need to commit myself to. Bring on the vitamin-C.

2) Getting more sleep. I, like most other college students, have trouble getting the right amount of sleep—but to be fair, I seem to be tired even in the rare event of a 10 hour night. So, while my standards may be higher, I need to start putting myself to bed earlier, and cutting down on the electronic use beforehand. I’m married to my phone, but its possible I’ve been giving it too much TLC and that we could use some separation. Recently I’ve tried doing menial tasks like cleaning and doing the dishes before bed, and that seems to be working, and I’ve made my roommate happy.

3) I need to stop sharing. I’m a mooch. I like sharing things like drinks and food, and its never bothered me before on a germ level. But after getting sick so many times this year, I’m starting to reevaluate my position, particularly with drinks. Sharing is caring, I suppose but I don’t much care for being sick anymore and plan to be less liberal with my sharing habits.

Clearly, I am not the paragon of health and should not be offering my advice on this subject. But I figure that the less people sick on campus, the less likely I am to catch their disease.

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