It is that time of year when the weather does funky things and your body does not know how to react. Then your mind tries to identify whether or not you are suffering from fall allergies or you are welcoming in the common cold. The difficulty being differentiating symptoms that could relate to either.
WebMD is not your friend during times like this. It is likely that if you were to input your runny nose, achy body, sore throat or dry/itchy eyes into some automated symptom checker you’d end up confused. The good thing is that there are 3 ways you might combat either allergies or the common cold right off the bat!
1. YOGA FOR COLDS
Yoga with Adrienne is my go-to free, but guided yoga resource for videos around 20-30 minutes. Her titles are targeted and can help specific needs you might be having. I found one for those times you feel a cold coming on, or for when your allergies have your eyes irritated and in need of a moment to recenter.
2. WARM BEVERAGE FOR YOUR THROAT
Chances are your throat is itchy, sore or feeling overworked (even if you’ve been quietly going about your day). It’s important that you check in with your throat and appreciate all the work it puts in daily to communicate with others by offering up some tender loving care.
Finding tea leaves that don’t have you concerned about its origin are an issue to tackle for another day, but making your own hot remedy with things you have at home is easy enough! I usually mix two to three tablespoons of honey into hot water with some ginger and lemon to do the trick.
When I had a lemon tree in my backyard in Los Angeles this was easy enough to do, but if you need to head to the local market the fresh air will do you good too, which brings us to tip number three!
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3. GET OUTSIDE, THEN REST
It is so easy focus on the number of hours that have passed since you’ve had that last bit of medication. What if you made an effort to walk for ten minutes to refresh your body, and to escape all the icky germs that have accumulated in your bedroom? Especially from all the tissues dispersed along your floor?
It’s so important to get some fresh air in the mix of your self-care plan during this time of sickness. And once you’ve wiggled some of that fresh air into your day simply focus on NOTHING! Sit down and relax your mind and your body so that 3 days from now you can feel like you’re on top of the world again (hopefully). Read more below on the 4 Causes Behind Your Symptoms.
THE 4 CAUSES BEHIND YOUR SYMPTOMS
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers up four other things to be aware of this time of year as far as allergies are concerned, such as:
1. HAY FEVER:
Often caused by ragweed which pollenates beginning in mid-August and continues until there is a “hard freeze.”
2. LINGERING WARM WEATHER:
Dry and windy weather that accompanies the introduction to fall as we transition out of the high and humid summer months often lead to symptoms flaring up.
3. PESKY LEAVES:
Ever feel extra sniffly when you’re around freshly cut grass? Me too. When leaves are raked up in the fall it lifts pollen and mold up and it circulates throughout the air causing symptoms to feel REAL as can be.
4. SCHOOL ALLERGENS:
When in a classroom with young kids…be warned it is allergy trigger central!