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5 Things Allergy Sufferers Want You To Know

5 Things Allergy Sufferers Want You To Know

As the fall season starts to slowly establish itself, many of us are excited about the changes in nature, dreading the impending cold, or looking forward to our fall favorite foods; however, if you are an allergy sufferer, you are anxiously preparing yourself for all of the traditional aches that you will undergo as the new season sets. Since no two allergy attacks are the same, an allergy sufferer must always hope for the best but prepare for the worst. While most non allergy sufferers generally know the main facts about living with allergies, there are 5 things that us members of the allergy sufferers community would like for you to know:

1. We do not necessarily need to have red, itchy, and watery eyes to have an allergy attack

While most commonly red and watery eyes tend to be a clear sign of allergies, they are not the only detectors of an allergy attack. Sinus pressure can be one of the most painful experience but yet with no visible signs to anyone but the allergy sufferer. Other common but silent symptoms of allergies include tension headache, postnasal drip, and lethargy.

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2. We must include tissues and sanitizers in our budget

This may seem like a trivial item to most but to an allergy sufferer, forgetting to pick up a few boxes of tissues for all common areas in the home along with sanitizers can warrant a sudden u-turn. During peak times for allergy attacks, many small factors can trigger a slur of sneezes and sometimes your nostrils become so irritated that simply inhaling becomes painful and thus you are forced to constantly cover your nose. In the same light, sanitizing your living quarters becomes a daily routine to maintain a clean area but to also rid the home of allergens.

3. Sometimes it is hard for us to find a comfortable atmosphere

At times, an allergy sufferer may seem like they are undecided when the choice might seem simple to others. In the winter time, while most people might relish the comfort of a heated home, we fear the impending nose bleed that might ensue the minute the hot dry air enters our sinuses.  When others look forward to venture into the outdoors, we tend to make a mental note of all of the trees in the surrounding to verify that none of them will trigger an attack.

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4. We dread nighttime

While most would think that allergy sufferers would relish the thought of a long night’s sleep, it is the complete opposite. It is not that we do not want to rest, it is simply that there is so much going on that we are unable to. Between the sneezing, the sinus pressure, and the tension headache, sometimes it becomes difficult to breathe and laying down tends to aggravate the situation.

5. Prescription medication only alleviates the pain

One of the worst sentences that can be uttered to an allergy sufferer is “why don’t you take your prescription?” While prescriptions can help us get back to our daily activities, they do not eradicate the symptoms of an allergy attack. As they are most of the time the only alleviation available to us, we are usually very punctual about dosage and ensuring that we constantly carry them with us.

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Being an allergy sufferer means that you have to accustom yourself with the changes in seasons, the common triggers that will set off an attack, as well as the various remedies that you will need to quickly obtain in order to adequately prepare for the possible attacks. As the season changes and you encounter allergy sufferers, keep in mind that allergies are a condition that encompasses more than just sneezing and watery eyes and is an ongoing ailment that continually requires different accommodations.

Featured photo credit: Day 260 Allergies/ Parrchristy via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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