Mike’s Guide to Healthy Dorm Living

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By BookRenter Mike

by Courtney Carmody

It’s called “dorm cough” and every time I call home to talk to my parents about how school and life are going, they always ask why my voice sounds a little raspy. I say, “Mom, its dorm cough. There’s nothing I can do to avoid getting sick living with so many people in such a small space!” But in reality there is a lot you can do to avoid getting sick in college. And the best part about beating sickness in college? You can do it on the cheap! Here are my top 3 ways to stay healthy and active while in college:

1) Work together with a good friend to push you to eat healthy and exercise.

One of the hardest parts about starting a nutrition program or a new exercise regimen is motivating yourself to continually follow your new routine. Having a close friend doing the same health program will help flow your competitive juices. You’ll always have someone there to help you if your plan falls by the wayside. According to collegetips.com, having a friend by your side helps “keep your spirits up and you focused and on track.”

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2) Always have an ample supply of over the counter medications or a great first-aid kit.

When I first started college I thought I would be able to “tough out” any illness or battle through a cough. But what I didn’t recall were all those times back home when my Mom made sure I took Advil if I had a headache, or cough syrup if my throat was hurting. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen writes that students don’t know when to go to the doctor, and having a good first aid kit will enable students to prevent small irritations from becoming more serious illnesses.

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3) Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Did I mention that you should get more sleep?

The constant noise and partying in a dorm or off-campus house can make it hard for anybody to fall asleep, but it’s very important to develop a good sleeping routine and stick to it! Not getting enough sleep will make you groggy the next day and make you even hungrier for unhealthy cafeteria food. Getting enough sleep is one the most important things to do in college, but nobody ever seems to do it. Andrea Buginsky writes, “College students will need about eight hours of sleep a night in order to stay healthy and alert.” If noise bothers you make sure to wear earplugs or headphones – soft music can help you fall asleep!

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7 Responses to Mike’s Guide to Healthy Dorm Living

  1. Valerie C. says:

    Great tips! Also, no one wants to go to the clinic for meds!

  2. Karisa says:

    I don’t even sleep in a diem room because my husband and I have or own apartment but I have to say that the earplugs while listening to music really does work. Living next to some young adults who are always coming in and out and chilling outside their patio talking very loud can distract anyones sleep. the antidote is to grab some earphones and fire me listen to either the nature station on pandora or slowjamz, depending on my mood : 0p! The only problem with the headphones is in the morning; depending how much you move in your sleep, are never where you left them lol…

  3. Deb says:

    I think your tips are great and can be applied not just for dorm living but for anyone sharing a place with multiple people, ie.roommates.

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