8 Tips for fighting allergies

My allergies this spring are acting up like crazy. We are getting enough rain that everything is super green still and there are so many flowers blooming right now, contributing lots of pollen to the air. But I felt the worst after being out at a campground for three days this week. I’d been fine the first two, but by day 3 my eyes were red, itchy and so watery I had tears coming out of them. I was literally crying allergy tears! Then I got super stuffed up all while having my nose run at the same time. And I kept fighting a really bad headache that I’m not sure if it was caused by the allergies or the the heat that day. It definitely wasn’t cause by stress because I was hanging out with the Cool Pool group that day and having a blast doing it.

So, today, I’m rounding up some tips for fighting allergies for any other allergy sufferer out there.

1. Wear Sunglasses to keep the pollen out of your eyes.

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.

 

2. Take your shoes off by the door and don’t track the pollen into the house. Since I live in an apartment and my shoes would probably get stolen off my front porch if I left them in the house, I always leave mine by the front door inside the house. I realize the pollen is then in the house with me, but at least nobody is tracking it all over the house on their shoes that way.

 

Cosmo

 

3. Wash your hair before going to bed to get any pollen out of it. I don’t wash my hair every day, but did wash it after coming home on two of the three days I was out at the campground. The middle day we were indoors for a good chunk of the day anyway.

 

Blue hydrangeas

 

4. Try to stay indoors on dry days when the pollen counts are high – especially on windy days. Obviously, living in a bubble isn’t going to work for the entire allergy season, but you know, as best as you can.

 

Hosta flowers

 

5. Leave your windows closed during allergy season. I am not lucky enough to have an air conditioner, so I do not always follow this rule, either. If it’s been a hot day, I want to get as much cool air into the house as possible to cool the house down at night.

 

Lily

 

6. Wash your pillow cases more often. Yeah. I’m bad about that one. Can’t change them every day, but if I’m not washing my hair that night, I could be leaving pollen on my pillow for the next night, even if I have washed my hair by then.

 

Pink rose

 

7. Use the air conditioning in your car rather then opening the windows or vents.

 

She's on fire!

She’s on fire!

 

8. Check the pollen counts in your area and plan your day accordingly. Not always feasible because you may have things you planned months ago, but for last minute day outings this could work.

I’ve also heard that eating honey grown locally can help you build up a resistance to allergies. But I’ve never been able to tell if it’s actually working for me. Maybe I’m not eating enough locally grown honey. I wouldn’t recommend it over taking some allergy medication but perhaps in addition to them.

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Choosing Thankfulness

Do you ever have those times when you’re choosing thankfulness while still asking for more? Even though you’re thankful for what you’ve been given, you’re still aiming higher. And yet, you have to stop and remind yourself to be thankful for what you’ve received that’s less than what you were aiming for. Sometimes I feel like I aim for the stars and then find myself utterly disappointed when I end up lower than what I’m aiming for. Maybe my goal is the red carpet, but I’m walking on a beautiful red or golden carpet of leaves instead. And I stop to capture the moment with my camera. Because I am truly thankful for the beauty I find around me. (And isn’t a leaf carpet way cooler than a red carpet any day?)

 

The yellow leaf road

The yellow leaf road

 

With my mom’s cancer, I’m praying for a miracle. We Need a miracle. What we’ve received is a modern medical breakthrough in treatment for her type of cancer. I was hoping this would be the miracle we needed. I’m finding out that really, a person on this new type of chemo just has less of the chemo side effects, and the average person in their clinical studies made it 10.3 months longer than someone on other types of chemo. While I’m grateful for this new drug – just FDA approved a little over a month ago, I found myself being bitterly disappointed that this was not, in fact, going to cure her, just prolong her life. I was putting my hopes in the newest medication out on the market only to have them dashed to the ground.

 

Moody Hellebore

Moody hellebore

 

Does that mean I didn’t stop to take the time to thank God for the small medical breakthrough we received? No. I keep thanking Him for it almost every day. Most of the times with tears streaming down my face because I know it’s not going to cure her. Just buy her time. But I thank Him anyway.

Does that mean I stop praying for a miracle? No. I know modern man and medicine can’t cure her at this time. I have to remind myself to put my hope in God, not in man. Does that mean I’ll get my miracle? Not necessarily. It just means that I’ve set my sights higher.

 

Gorgeous red vines on a fence.

Gorgeous red vines on a fence.

 

Sometimes we need to make a choice to be grateful even when we don’t like what’s happening around us.

Don’t like the new president? Well, just be thankful we don’t have a dictatorship type of government and that ultimately, the president doesn’t have the final say in how this country is run. He has to get all of his ideas approved through congress. Be thankful for that.

 

Autumn Reflections

Autumn Reflections

My father didn’t get to go back to Papua New Guinea for the dedication of the mini Bible in our village on the 25th (which will be our Thanksgiving day over here as they are a day ahead of us.) I’m sure he’s disappointed that he’s unable to see the culmination of a project he’s been working on for over 30 years of his life due to my mom and his own medical issues right now. …I am thankful we’ll all be together for the holiday.

 

Autumns glow

Autumns glow

There was a time in my life when I felt like I had nothing good to be thankful for. My ex-husband was abusive and and I was always walking on eggshells, never knowing when he might blow up. I would sing the song ‘To God Be The Glory‘ – sometimes through clenched teeth because I was so on edge. Mostly through tears. I didn’t really know what I was thanking Him for or why I was thanking Him. I had no reason. I was making a choice during the worst time in my life to thank Him anyway. I think there’s something poignant to God in those moments where you choose thankfulness, knowing you’re in a bad place and need something more. You’re making a decision to give thanks despite whatever awfulness is going on in your life. That moment you’ve come to the end of yourself and surrender it all back to Him.

 

There's beauty all around us, if only we open our eyes to see.

There’s beauty all around us, if only we open our eyes to see.

 

Whatever is going on in your life, good or bad, choose thankfulness.

 

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