Sickly Benefits

Claire Crowley discusses the few benefits of being sick.

It’s that time of year where every second person is coughing and sneezing in every direction in UCC. If you manage to struggle into college with a cold or flu, I have respect for you, braving the elements for your education. However, when you are sick, sitting through lectures, labs or tutorials is hardly ideal. You know how it is when you’re sick; you’re hot one minute, cold the next. You have a headache and a raw sore throat. All you want to do is sleep, breathe freely through your nose, and feel sorry for yourself.

But I have noticed some upsides to being sick. Benefits, you could say.

  1. If you don’t feel like going to lectures/doing work… you can reassure yourself with the simple phrase “I’m sick”. The constant coughing, sneezing and Nurofen-taking will back up this reassurance, and if you do actually go to college, you might just end up infecting other students, and you wouldn’t want that, would you?
  2. People can clearly see that you are sick and will not judge for skipping aforementioned lectures. You have an eight hour day looming in front of you, and you’re already late. You feel weak and you’re temperature is definitely not normal. Your parents and siblings can clearly see that you’re sick. Going back to bed is the only option.
  3. Being sick an excuse to drink plenty of tea. Tea is an amazing drink when you’re not sick, so it’s even better when you’re feeling under the weather. If you’re one of those people who don’t drink tea, I have no words for you.
  4. It allows you to be lazy. Need I say more? You have to rest to begin the recovery process. You can lie in bed all day or curl up on the couch watching re-runs of Game of Thrones.
  5. You don’t have to worry about your appearance…the “flu glow” shines through multiple layers of make-up. Your eyes show how miserable you are, no matter how much mascara or eyeliner you apply.
  6. You can eat a lot of junk food and not feel guilty. I might be alone in this, but when you’re sick, you just don’t care about anything. Diet and exercise plans die quickly. Reaching for the tub of Ben and Jerry’s or slice of chocolate cake; you know you can resume eating healthy when you’re better. Maybe.
  7. You can test “cures for the flu” that you find online (not recommended). I did this once, when I was desperate, and just wanted to get better, at any cost. I made some concoction with different drinks and syrups. I didn’t die, but I don’t think it helped in the recovery process. Stick to the tried and tested Lemsip.
  8. At one point, during the recovering process, your voice sounds cool and Scarlett Johansson-like. Who wouldn’t want to sound like Scarlett Johansson?

If you are one of those students suffering with a cold or flu, feel better soon!


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