I have been “MIA” (missing in action) for the past weeks due to a very ugly flu and/or virus infection. It is never fun to be sick, especially when the weather has been so incredibly beautiful and warm, but all you want to do is to shut the drapes because the sun hurts your head.
Apparently, seasons changing are usually the high times when people getting sick. The drastic change in temperature creates a convenient for different viruses to flourish. Also, given the beautiful weather, we tend to spend more time outdoor and in the nature, hence a bit careless in keeping commonsense practices. Sometimes it is just the annoyance of a running nose, but sometimes it leads to a terrible flu that lasts for at least a week.
I find it’s quite funny how we start to process information differently while we are physically ill. We see things in much more endearing eyes, and we long for the mundane activities that usually we don’t really appreciate. Suddenly those trips to nearby grocery stores become a delight and no longer a chore. A long run along the river under the spring sun turns into a luxury, not anymore something you have to talk yourself into doing it. And as one has always wished for more relaxing time to read, it isn’t really that fun anymore when reading becomes one of the very few options that you can do.
Beautiful spring days <3
Yet, however, it is probably a good time for reflection. Being sick is tiring and scary whenever you are, and sometimes no matter how well you take care of yourself, you still fall ill somehow. It is unfortunately not entirely unavoidable, regardless of your strict diets or intense work-out schedule. So, I decided to take this chance to be thankful about the amazing healthcare system that I receive as a student in Finland.
Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS)
I find myself incredibly lucky to be a student here, and able to benefit from such a tremendous system like Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) . During my studying in Finland, I have visited FSHS quite a number of times and for various reasons, and I have never left FSHS feeling unsatisfied or disappointed. The service I have received is incredible, and all the doctors and nurses I have met are very attentive and helpful. They also keep a record for your medical issues, so whenever you need medical advice, you can either call or book an appointment for help. More importantly, most of their services are free of charge for students. That would definitely be one of the many things that I’d miss when my student-journey comes to its end.
Of course, it would be the best if one never has to visit FSHS during their studying here in Finland. But getting sick is something we rarely ever “plan” in advance. There are several certain ways one can do to reduce those trips to the doctors and improve one’s immune system. Simple things like getting more sleep, maintaining a healthy and diverse diet with lots of fruits and veggies, exercising regularly, and keeping a clean and tidying living environment can certainly improve one’s health. Lucky for me, the flu is slowly going away now, and I can’t wait for more outdoor-time soon. Summer is approaching fast, good luck with all of your final exams and essays & remembers to stay healthy!