Tips for studying when sick
We all know how hard it can be when flu season comes around and you really need to study, but you just can’t shake off the illness that you’ve caught.
I’m currently studying for my final exams and have come down with the worst virus I’ve had in years, so I’m going to share with you my tips on how I still maintain a study routine even when I’m feeling rotten. I hope this helps some of you!
1. Maintain regular study breaks - When you’re studying for a big test and you’re in the groove of things it can be hard to want to take time out of your already busy schedule for regular breaks, but when you’re sick this is absolutely essential. Try to take more frequent breaks than you usually do so that you don’t overwork your already struggling body. In my breaks I like to keep up my fluids and listen to some calming music to prevent my brain from feeling too fuzzy.
2. Drink heaps of fluids - While you should already do this when studying so as to keep your brain functioning, when you’re sick you need even more fluids than usual. I like to keep a huge bottle of water with me at all times as well as a cup of tea, drinking from these super regularly so as to maintain my focus and try to overcome my sickness.
3. Get lots of sleep - While it can be tempting to pull an all-nighter to cram in as much study as possible, I don’t recommend doing this when you’re sick. Your body is already exhausted and needs as much sleep as it can get! I recommend having early nights to try to get back in good health as quick as possible.
4. Study somewhere comfortable - While I usually opt for sitting at my desk to study, when I’m sick I migrate to the couch. This is to make sure I’m as comfortable as possible so that I can try to get some studying done. There’s nothing worse then being uncomfortable when you’re ill, and I actually find that it prevents me from working when I’m feeling under the weather. Make sure you sit upright when you’re on the couch so you don’t fall asleep, but cover yourself with a blanket to stay warm and cozy so that you get some work done!
5. Try not to stress - I know this is easier said than done, but stress can weaken your immune system even further. Email your teachers if you have to ask for extensions, or ask your friends for extra support when you’re not feeling 100%. Whatever it takes to make you feel less stressed, do it - trust me, you will thank yourself in the long run.