Winter

How to Avoid the Flu This Winter

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Now that we’re in the thick of winter and storms are taking over the North East Coast, you may be feeling the wrath of Flu and Cold Season.  If not, you may be worried about what may be coming for you.  For those of you who are hoping to continue avoiding those pesky winter illnesses, here are some important steps you can take to strengthen your best defense: your immune system!

1. Bundle up whenever you go outside.

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Dressing properly for the cold weather is one of the best things you can do for your immune system.  While it may not completely prevent a cold or the flu, it will make it worse if you are starting to feel any symptoms, so it’s really important for you to dress for the cold.  Always wear your coat buttoned or zipped up and don’t forget to break out the hat, scarf, and gloves.

2.  Drink a lot of tea.

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All hot beverages warm you up on cold days, but tea has a lot great health benefits.  Black tea is great for your immune system and green tea has loads of antioxidants, so stock up tea and drink a cup or two a day!

3. Practice healthy eating habits.

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Eating right always makes you feel right and that is especially true when loads of people around you are getting sick.  The healthier you eat, the better your overall health will be when you’re surrounded by cold and flu germs.

4. Stay hydrated!

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One of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellness is to drink a lot of water.  Add some fruit slices for a more flavorful way of staying hydrated.   Staying hydrating will do wonders for your skin as well as your immune system so it’s a win-win!

5. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C.

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Vitamin C is great for protecting you from the common cold and the flu so make sure to get your recommended daily amount (75-90 mg).  Orange juice is a great source of Vitamin C.

6. Wash your hands regularly.

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During cold and flu season, one of the easiest ways to catch something is second-hand contact.  Whether it’s walking into class, into a bathroom stall, or walking through the hall of your dorm room, you’re touching a lot of doorknobs and common areas.  Washing your hands regularly will help eliminate some of those germs.

No Plans? No Problem!

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Internship, travel and plans-less this winter break? Here are some ideas to help you make the most out of your vacation (in a not-binging-Netflix-the-WHOLE-time sort of way!):

Look for summer internships!Or study abroad programs or jobs.
Some applications are just opening up over winter break, so getting a head start on your search now might put you ahead of the game.

Clean up your resume!
This is a project that can take an hour or 4 days. Making your resume stand out (without the pink paper and strawberry scent) can also put you ahead in an internship or job search.

Take a winter class!
Get ahead in your studies and you might be able to graduate early (read: save money).

Get in shape!
If you never have time to hit the gym during the semester, try getting in shape over the break and then trying to stick to your routine when you return to school.

Learn a new skill!
Whether it’s learning to cook, play guitar, ride a bike, computer code, rock climb or speak Spanish, you’ve got free time and skills to learn!

Roadtrip with friends!
Find friends who also have a week or weekend and head someplace new!

And when all else fails?
Binge Netflix!

How to De-stress Around the Holidays

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Its that time of year when your stress can reach an all time high. On top of studying for
final exams, the holidays are just around the corner. So here are some tips for how you
can reduce your stress around this demanding time of year.

1. Plan ahead
When it comes to your finals, plan out a schedule for what subjects you will study and
when this will happen to give yourself time without rushing and stressing out.
For the holidays, plan out what gifts you are going to buy for each person and write
down which stores sell the item so you are not running around last minute.

2. Make it enjoyable
While you study, play some non-distracting music to lighten to mood.
When you go shopping for holiday gifts, take a friend with you and make it a fun day or
if you go by yourself- buy yourself something to reward yourself.

3. Give yourself breaks
Don’t study for so many hours straight to the point where your brain is overworked give
yourself a small break and try to regain focus on your task.
Preparing for the holidays takes a lot of time, so take break to let yourself regain
energy.

Getting Ready For Winter

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Assuming you are no Elsa, the cold probably bothers you. Being prepared for winter will let you stay focused on school work and building a snowman rather than how freezing cold it is outside. Here are a few tips to stay warm this winter:

1. Make sure you’ve got the gear.

Gloves, cozy socks, scarf, hat, big winter coat, long johns or leggings, and boots are all necessities this time of year.

2. Get a flu shot.

Staying healthy is important, check out your local pharmacy for possibility of free flu shots.

3. Keep lotion, tissues and tea in your dorm room.

Getting small packs of tissues for your backpack is a good idea also. Nothing’s worse than sitting in a midterm with a runny nose and no tissue.

4. Find out snow day information.

Whether it’s by following the school president on Twitter or by signing up for texting alerts, you don’t want to show up to class on a snow day!

5. Avoid fire hazards.

Don’t cover up your dorm heater and if something goes wrong, call 911. If you have other fire safety questions, contact your RA.

The Brighter Side of Winter

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every day I'm shovellin'

If you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that this winter has been particularly harsh thus far. So if your plans have been ruined and your classes have been cancelled—AGAIN—here are a few ways to stay sane while you are cooped up indoors waiting for the blizzard to pass.

  1. Don’t feel bad about cancelling plans.

This one is important. If you made plans with someone before a snowstorm, don’t feel bad about changing or postponing said plans. Remember, your safety comes first. If you must drive in this weather, be sure the roads are safe and make a list so you can get as much done in one trip as you can.

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If something were to happen when you were out getting milk and bread, be prepared to build an igloo for safety in the case of an accident. This basic skill could save your life and even if there was no accident, practicing in the backyard could lead to hours of worthwhile fun.

  1. Learn a new skill

Between Pinterest and StumbleUpon, it’s easy to find something new to learn. Maybe you’ve always wanted to crochet a scarf. Or play the harmonica.

ice fishing

You could even learn how to go ice fishing, I hear Eskimo’s do this a lot in their free time why not try it out and see what the rave is all about.                                                                                   

  1. Catch up on homework

Okay so this one isn’t actually enjoyable but hey, it needs to be done. If you’re an assignment or two behind, now is a good time to catch up.

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If your fireplace is running low on wood, you could always use that homework assignment your professor gave you last week. Staying warm or doing homework? I think we know the answer.

  1. Skype your family

Your parents are probably worried about you, as parents often are, because of the severe weather. Take some time to let them know you’re okay and while you’re at it, let them know what you’ve been up to lately.

faceplant

Like how you’ve become a famous YouTube star from sledding down a hill on your campus, then flying up 15 feet in the air and planting your face into the snow.  The Today Show has already contacted you about a guest appearance – mishaps in the snow aren’t so bad.

  1. Hang out with your friends

Just because you’re staying in doesn’t mean you have to be alone! Call up some friends in town or around campus and have some fun.

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You could have a movie night, play some board games or participate in a philanthropy event! Every year, my campus hosts an undie run, you show up and donate your clothing to a homeless shelter. Then you get to run across campus in your undies, doing good and having fun all in one!