Ten tips for staying healthy during Fresher’s week

Stay healthy during Fresher's week

By Nicole Correia,

Doctors up and down the country struggle to treat Fresher’s flu but here at theunipod we are Fresher’s flu survivors, and we have some tips to help you prevent it. Prevention is better than a cure when it comes to Fresher’s flu as it means you are unstoppable during and after Fresher’s week. Take a dosage of our top tips for staying healthy and we guarantee you’ll make the most of your first week at uni, feeling happy and healthy, starting as you mean to go on in this new chapter of your life.

  1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even when you’re getting up at 11:30 everyday, just because you can. Baked beans are microwavable - bung them in the mic. Fried or poached eggs take no longer than three minutes. Toast can toast whilst you’ve bunged in your beans and flipped your egg. A glass of orange juice. Boom. Fresher breakfast, no fuss, sorting out your belly of beer and giving you energy for the day ahead.
  2. Water. Most university halls make sure that the water they supply is drinkable. Drink it! Whilst your RDA is around 8 glasses, as a Fresher you will most definitely need to drink a bit more to prevent a dirty hangover and stay hydrated.
  3. During the course of Fresher’s week you’ll notice there are a lot of taster sessions for societies and sports, enticing you to commit. If you want to try something new but you’re not sure what, sign up for a couple and before you know it you’ll have played three different sports during the week - far more than you did at A Level!
  4. Sleep. Yep, you may not be getting much of that this week but do not stress out. You’ll be able to get rid of any eye bags or tiredness once you’ve settled in and feel comfortable in your new study environment – and no we don’t advise napping in your lectures. Worrying will tire your brain out. Relax and enjoy the week for what it is. You’ll only have one!
  5. Fruit and veg. Whilst your parents aren’t cooking you nutritionally balanced meals now that you’re at uni, it’s important that you at least attempt to do so yourself. Frozen peas are a Fresher favourite for adding a bit of green to your plate. Or tinned sweetcorn. (And no, ketchup  doesn’t count as tomato)
  6. Stay happy. Don’t feel you have to force yourself into your new environment and make new friends by not speaking to your old ones! It’s important to do what keeps you happy and updating old friends, gossiping and chatting can sometimes do you a world of good. Skype is great for a good ol’ natter - be careful, though; if you’ve got a story you don’t want your flatmates to hear, halls often don’t have particularly thick walls…
  7. Relax! Fresher’s week is a whirlwind - anyone who has done it will tell you that. Among all the fun, activities and sorting things out before term starts be sure to take some time to chill out. Even if it’s having a cup of tea and a biscuit in bed for a bit, you’ll thank yourself later.
  8. Fresher’s Flu. Yup, you’ll hear about it lots but hopefully won’t catch it. It’s not an actual illness; it’s just inevitable with so many people coming together in a short space of time with alcohol often lowering their immune system. If you want to avoid it get some vitamins down – natural if you can but sometimes supplements help.
  9. If you’re up for having a bit of sexy time during Fresher’s week then at least be safe about it. No one wants an STI, or a bad rep. Stock up on protection, know what you’re comfortable with and stick to it. As your Mum says so innocently - be safe, not sorry!
  10. Don’t feel pressured to drink. This isn’t number 10 because it is least important - never do anything you don’t want to, regardless of which week it is. People will have to respect you and saying no to a shot of voddy certainly won’t hurt you. There are plenty of students who don't drink at university.