How you can try to avoid Freshers’ flu

WITH Freshers’ Week fast approaching new students will have only heard freshers’ flu mentioned by older siblings and on student forums, but returners will know it well. Hangovers are inevitable, but full blown illness can be avoided with a few simple tips.

forget freshers fluRelax and de-stress: Society fairs, inductions and nights out can all add up and leave a student overwhelmed by how busy freshers’ week can be. Whether it’s taking a moment to listen to music in your room, taking a walk on the beach or signing up to a yoga class, relaxation is key to handling the stresses of university life. And although students may seem to sleep more than anyone else, getting enough each night will boost your whole day.

Eat right: It may sound obvious but a diet of pot noodles and frozen pizzas only makes you more susceptible to freshers’ flu. Seasonal or local fruit and vegetables – think bananas, carrots, apples and mushrooms – can be exceptionally cheap, and simply adding them to your meals and snacks will keep illness at bay

Communal cleaning: Chances are if you’re a fresher, or a student in general, you’ll be sharing a kitchen – perhaps with 8 or 10 people. Any returning student can tell you that the cleanliness of your shared kitchen will be the biggest source of conflict and drama in your first year. Try to set out early to arrange a rota, or simply agree to always clean up after yourself. Not only will arguments lessen but a kitchen can boast even more bacteria than a toilet if you let it. Anti-bacterial wipes or sprays are a must for surfaces, and cleaning out the fridge every so often won’t hurt either.

Prevention is the cure: Stocking up on items that prevent illness and the spreading of germs is a small purchase with long term benefits. Anti-bacterial handwash for your sink and kitchen, a box of tissues, nose gels (such as NasalGuard) and vitamins are some examples to persuade parents to buy as they drop you off.