It’s Saturday, it’s been snowing since late last night and will continue to snow throughout the day, and I’m at home dealing with seasonal allergies. My allergies tend to flare up around this time every year and will last for a few days. I’ll deal with the typical symptoms of stuffy nose, ear + nose congestion, and brain fog. Going outside and putting my body through too much stress tends to make it worse. So I am grateful for this snow day even if I’m not the biggest fan of the snow.
I’m much more of an outdoors person and if the weather permits, I’d rather be spending my time outside. But your body needs rest and relaxation. I have to repeat this to myself plenty since I am the type of person that doesn’t want to slow down. I go at 100 miles a minute and want to be as productive as possible. I intentionally have to carve out “no plan” days where I can just allow myself to not do anything. In the words of Tom Haverford, these our my treat yo’self days.
Around Thursday my seasonal allergies started to sneak up and I knew I needed to take some time to rest. Luckily, my job is at a desk so that doesn’t put too much stress on my body and therefore I don’t have to miss work. But if I have an opportunity, like a Saturday to chill, I’ll take it.
Here are my favorite ways to enjoy my “chill day”:
- Go to bed early or take a nap.
- Move your body in simple ways that feels good like restorative yoga or stretching. Getting oxygen and blood flow moving can do wonders for your body.
- Clean a space in your home.
- Bake something or cook your favorite meal.
- Call a loved one.
- Read a book you’ve been putting off.
- Do laundry & wash your sheets.
- Journal or doodle out your current thoughts.
- Take a bath with products you love.
If you’re like me, you avoid western medicine as much as possible unless desperately needed. I prefer to go the holistic route to really listen to my body and build up my immune system naturally. So I’ve listed out my favorite holistic remedies for allergies below.
- Apple Cider Vinegar + Honey
- Exercise or movement: similar to what I described above
- Homemade soup: I prefer to make myself a little spicier as well to help clear out my sinuses. I will share my favorite soup recipes soon!
- Bee Pollen: This is great to add into your diet outside of the allergy season to build up your immune system to pollen. Sprinkle on yogurt, oatmeal, across toast, or in salads.
- Probiotics: In some cases allergy symptoms are a result of your body’s immune system being imbalanced. This can cause you to have a more severe reaction to foreign stimuli – like pollen, dust, and grass. This is most likely my case with being a new resident to the Colorado area so probiotics can help give my immune system a boost. Good sources of probiotics are items like kimchi and kombucha.
- H2O: We’ve always heard it – “Stay hydrated!” but it is so true. Water works miracles and especially if you dealing with allergies or another sickness, fluids are very important.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on holistic remedies and if you have any special tricks up your sleeve I haven’t mentioned! Share with me in the comment section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow along with additional tips and update on my instagram @onedreamyyogaflow.
Hope you’re all having a beautiful Saturday & staying warm wherever you’re located 🙂