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Freshers' Flu

How to deal with Fresher's Flu

The chances are that in your first couple of weeks of University you will catch Freshers’ Flu. Too many Freshers’ parties, late nights and alcoholic beverages and your immune system might just surrender. It is estimated that 90% of new students will fall victim. It is not actually flu, but it can make you feel pretty lousy. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, severe headache, coughing and general discomfort.

Here are a few tips to help you deal with Freshers’ Flu.

Eat properly

If you are not used to cooking for yourself or if you have been happily living on a diet of kebabs and cereal, it will not help. Your body needs some vitamins. Get your five a day and help your immune system boost its defences. A pizza might seem appealing, but it is not your friend six nights on the run. Go on, be a devil, eat some fruit. Fruit might seem expensive, so look for fruit that is in season. Apples, blackberries, plums and pears are all in season in September. Don’t buy fruit in packs, buy single pieces which might be cheaper from your local greengrocer.  


You need your sleep. You might think sleep is for the weak, but your body will thank you for it. If you are out late every night and up early for lectures, you won’t give yourself anytime to recover. Don’t worry about missing an amazing night out as there will be many, many more to come. Getting a good night’s sleep will help you to feel better sooner and save you some money for an even bigger night out when you are recovered.

Stay In

It’s freshers’ week, there are so many places, parties and good times to be had. You don’t want to be the miserable one staying in and feeling sorry for yourself. The chances are that if you are ill, some of your friends and flat mates might also be suffering. You can still all have a good night in the warmth of your student halls. It might not seem like it, but missing one night isn’t the end of the world.

Dose yourself up

Some simple paracetamol or over the counter cold remedies can help alleviate your symptoms. Hot honey and lemon can also help soothe a sore throat and cough and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, well warm at least.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol will weaken your defences and slow your recovery, so try and have a night off. Don’t succumb to pressure to down more strange coloured shots that taste like mouthwash, live the dream and have a luxurious, hot, steamy mug of tea. You’ll be glad when you wake up the next morning all rested and recuperated.

Wash your hands

You may well be very hygienic and routinely wash your hands so that they are clean enough for you to perform surgery, but not everyone else is as conscientious as you. In your first couple of weeks you will come into contact with others who might not be as careful about their hand hygiene. Keep thoroughly washing your hands and invest in some antibacterial hand gel or wipes.

Don’t get stressed

Starting University is a stressful time. You have moved to a new place, been thrown into a new environment with new people and you’ve got lectures and a new campus to find your way around. Add in some homesickness and some anxiety about your course and it’s about as stressful as you can get. If you had a bow and arrow it might just feel like you’ve been thrown into the Hunger Games. Stress will make you feel much worse.

Remember that everyone is in the same boat, you will not be the only person feeling this way. Take a deep breath, follow the advice above and you will soon be taking University life in your stride.

About the author

Nia Williams

Nia Williams

Nia graduated in Hotel and Catering Management before completing a MA in Public Relations. She has worked in marketing and fundraising for a number of years before joining Wrexham Glyndwr University as Alumni and Fundraising Executive.

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