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The Optimist’s guide to staying healthy

Kaiya Norris, Staff Writer

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With school in session, students are getting back into the groove of staying up late and waking up early, doing hours of homework and studying for the endless wave of tests that seems to never slow down. With the fast pace hustle of classes, sports and extracurriculars, we forget about what comes with the new school year: germs. The dreadful head colds, runny noses, and sore throats spread through the school at such a fast pace, you don’t know you’re sick until you wake up one morning and can’t find the strength to get out of bed.

The common cold is among the leading reasons for missing work or school. But you’re not alone, the Optimist staff feels your pain as well. Here is a list of special measures that will keep you up and running and feeling your very best.

  1. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to get your vitamins and extra energy.

Jack’s Donuts and a venti caramel macchiato might make you feel good for a few hours, but you’ll crash sooner or later. Load up on leafy, green foods, and make sure to stay hydrated.

  1. Get active.

Go for a walk in your neighborhood. The fresh air and added exercise will boost your immune functions and make you feel less tired.


Do I even need any elaboration? You can buy a five pack of hand sanitizers for $6 at Bath and Body Works.

  1. Use essential oils.

Oils like eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, peppermint and frankincense clear your sinuses, soothe a sore throat, help you get a better night’s sleep etc.

  1. Make sure to get plenty of rest.

It is not the end of the world if you don’t finish every last bit of your homework. If you’re feeling bad, take a quick nap or a hot bath. Giving your mind and body a break will make you feel better in the long run.

By taking these measures, you can be able to prevent catching a cold and you’ll be able to do well and feel amazing this school year. Stay healthy, South.

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