Man Flu: What is it and how to survive it.

 

So, it’s about that time of year, flu season and along with that brings demotivation and tiredness. Which is what students feel every second of the day, but what makes this worse? Well, for males, it’s the dreaded man flu. The worst illness that affects half of the population on planet earth. So what exactly is man flu? Well, Man-Flu is when a man experiences a cold or flu that is severely exaggerated to the extreme. It affects in ways that the other half of the population could never believe. Men may get a lot of stick about it, with being told lies like

“It’s just a common cold”

“Your nose is blocked, go get at tissue”

“Man up”

“You deserve it anyway”

No woman will ever understand, they can’t catch and experience the true terror and pain of Man Flu. It’s more than just a common cold, it’s a catastrophic experience for anyone who contracts it. It immobilizes us, drains us almost to a paralysis state.

 

We spoke to a mixture of people to get there view on man flu, we asked them one simple question, “Is Man flu a serious disease that disables all males when they contract it, or is it just a common cold that we overreact too?”. Here’s what they had to say:

Kendall McKay:

Ummm I think it’s possible that because of testosterone dampening the immune system they could feel a cold worse. But I think a lot of men love to be cared for when they have a good excuse and probably play it up a little”

 

Luke Irving:

“Very serious disease man hahaha, Completely agree, 10 times worse than a cold”

 

Ali Halford:

“I think it’s a real thing, like the general flu more than just the common cold. But men might just be affected more by the flu?”

 

Sahat Sembi:

It may be a slight overreaction”

(He’s wrong but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt)

 

Matthew Ryan:

“I feel like it’s a problem often deemed “fake” or “an excuse for us to be lazy” but there has to be some scientific evidence somewhere. I’d also like to point out manstruation and the monthly similar problems that come with that”

Do you, the reader have any thoughts if man-flu is a real disease or is it just a hoax? Decide down below!

 

As a frequent sufferer of the man flu, I’m not quite sure I’ll make it to Christmas, so I thought I’d share my knowledge on how we can join forces and help each other survive the wicked man flu! Well, lucky for you we’ve combined a list to make it through one of life’s hardest struggles. So let’s get down to business.

Warmth

Bed

Let’s be honest, you need to be cosy to survive the horrors of the flu, so I’m just going to list off the self-explanatory basics.

 

  • Bed
  • Blankets
  • Socks
  • Hoodies
  • More Blankets
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • MORE BLANKETS

Lets be honest, you can never have too many blankets… And they keep all the warmth in.

 

 

 

 

Lemon and ginger drink

Hot drink

This is key. A simple drink that’s made with a slice of lemon, chop up some ginger (If you want it a little bit sweeter try adding a spoonful of honey) and some hot water in a mug or a bowl (We know how hard it is to do the simplistic tasks while under the control of the man flu). This will revitalize you and help sooth the sore throat, making you able to call out for help or assistance of the most basic tasks or to just complain about the pain you’re experiencing.

Netflix or some sort of media centre

Keyboard

Find a show that has a minimum of 3 seasons to binge watch and to help you escape the suffering. I personally would choose ‘The Office’, ‘Parks and recreation’ or if you’re looking for something more serious, ‘Mad Men’ or choose your own! But you’re going to need something to kill the time

Snacks… and lots of em’

Bucket of sweets

You need to keep your energy levels up when you’re body is being attacked by the man flu. Grab you’re favourite snacks and lots of them and hunker down for the next few days or weeks, no-one can predict how long man flu will last.

So hopefully this list will help you survive the man flu as much as it helped me. As I said I may not make it to Christmas, supplies are running low, motivation is near zero and the pain is mighty. So good luck and take care of each other.

About The Author

A 21-year-old Journalism student, based in Dublin Ireland, that works as a freelance camera assistant when I'm not in a classroom.

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