Maybe you’re run-down from all the partying over Christmas break. Maybe your practical-joke-playing baby cousin thought it would be funny to sneeze on your face when you were holding her. Maybe your immune system just sucks. Whatever the case is, here are some things you can do if you’ve become the common cold’s latest victim.
Drink copious amounts of fluid:
Dehydration can come quickly if you’ve fallen ill, and your body needs to stay hydrated to keep firing on all cylinders. Don’t be afraid to crush a carton of OJ as you proceed through the rest of the items on this list.
Wash your hands:
Just because you’re ill, this doesn’t mean you get to drag everyone else down into your stuffy-nosed, watery-eyed hell. Be courteous to your friends/classmates/family/other humans and help reduce the chance of infecting others by washing your hands often.
Watch daytime TV:
Nothing says “I’m sick” like watching four back-to-back hours of Judge Joe Brown and Jerry Springer.
Play video games:
What’s that? I’ve just renewed my Xbox Live account and have nothing but multiple hours to do as little physical activity as possible? Maybe today won’t be so bad after all.
This is likely one of the contributing factors to your getting sick, so now’s your chance to catch up on all that much-needed sleep. Your body can’t fight off infections without adequate rest. The more run-down you stay, the longer you remain ill. Stay in bed. Don’t come to school. Don’t go to work. Don’t get the rest of us sick.