When the seasons are changing, it’s likely that you’re going to experience your allergies’ wrath a little more than usual. If you’re finding it hard to stay happy while battling your body’s overactive immune system, here’s a simple guide on how to experience positive emotions even though how could you while you feel this way?
Take deep breaths, but only through your mouth.
Getting connected to your breathing is a great way to practice mindfulness and live in the moment, but naturally this becomes a little more complicated when your nose is too stuffed up to breathe out of. Fortunately, you can still do this simple trick by breathing solely out of your mouth! Talk about a fresh breath of air!
Appreciate everything about the world around you, except for the pollen.
Reminding yourself to be grateful for what you have is a great way to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down, but don’t expect this to work when you’re thinking about how pollution and plants are actively attacking your respiratory system, because there’s simply no upside to this. Instead, try thinking about ice cream, or dogs, or something else that isn’t making life miserable for you right now. Fun!
Exercise (indoors, with no open windows).
Consistently working out has been proven to reduce anxiety and depression, which can obviously make you feel a lot happier. But before you go ahead and lift some weights or go for a run, make sure that you’re only exercising inside, with no air flow from the outside world. Hope you have access to a treadmill!
Spend time with your friends who also have allergies.
Hanging out with your favorite people is a surefire way to give you an extra boost when you really need it, but make sure to choose the friends you spend time with wisely. You don’t want to listen to someone talking about what a beautiful day it was and how active they were outside without any allergic reactions, so make sure you seek out with fellow friends with allergies to keep you in a great mood when you talk about how horrible all of your days were.
Allergies can seriously affect your mood throughout the day, but with these tips you can actually fight back and try to be happy, even though it’s nearly impossible when your eyes are itchy and your nose is runny and you can’t really breathe. Good luck out there! Or, in there, rather.