Allergies: let’s face it

Spring for most of us is the season of colors, flowers, life and love. But for many others, spring is nothing more than the most dreadful and feared Allergy Season. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, up to 20 percent of Americans suffer from allergies. Although many over-the-counter remedies and prescription drugs are available, many allergy sufferers keep filling their medicine cabinets with products that bring them little relief.

Allergies have become a part of our reality and we have learned to accept this life with daily allergy reports on television, mostly sponsored by producers of allergy medicine, constant runny nose, stinging watery eyes, blocked sinuses, headaches, and sore throats. Allergies of course don’t stop there. I also meet people with many different types of allergies, including reactions to food, animals, people, situations and those with allergic reactions to just about everything. But what are allergies really about? In my experience allergies, especially runny nose, stinging eyes, blocked up sinuses, are almost always the body telling you in your face: “I am not OK, please give me some time and attention”. It is easy to prolong this situation without realizing it because of the huge amount of medication available to “control” the allergies. However, this merely postpones the time when sufferers realize they must look within themselves, dig deeper into their life and feelings, and find out about the real issues that are behind the allergy problem. It’s never too late to begin to see yourself as the individual that you are and recognize your own wants, needs, opinions, dreams and aspirations.

10 tips to free yourself from allergies:

  1. Believe in yourself and accept that you don’t have to be the victim of allergies.
  2. Make time for yourself, even when you feel that there is none. Put yourself first.
  3. Feed yourself a diet of positive news; avoid watching or reading horror, disasters, violence, crime, etc.
  4. Expect the best and accept that you deserve it.
  5. Express yourself; talk to friends, family and others you trust.
  6. Write things down to get emotions of your chest. You may also find this gives you a lot of new perspectives.
  7. Ask yourself: “Am I getting enough love?” If you are alone, keep working on loving you and the rest will follow.
  8. Start to recognize and fulfill your own needs today.
  9. Get into the habit of letting go of tension and built up emotions regularly.
  10. Deal with life a piece at a time. Take each day as it comes. Feel positive about the bigger picture and future outcomes. Know that everything is as it needs to be, no matter how it appears right now.

Remember, allergies are primarily a “wake up” call to yourself. It is important not to fool yourself and avoid dealing with “you” because of the belief that it’s allergy season and you always get allergies. It’s time to give you the attention that you need and deserve, to dig deeper and deal with your real issues. This spring, just say no to allergies and yes to you!

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