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10 Things To Remember If You Love Someone With Hay Fever

10 Things To Remember If You Love Someone With Hay Fever

Does someone you love suffer from hay fever? This chronic condition might not be fatal but it can be a pain to live with! Here are 10 things to remember if you love someone with hay fever.

1. They Can be Embarrassed by a Flare-Up

Fits of uncontrolled sneezing or coughing – particularly if nasal drainage or itchy, watery or swollen eyes are involved, can be very embarrassing for the hay fever sufferer. This is especially true if it takes place in a public area like a restaurant or library or in general social situations.

2. They Can Suffer from Fatigue

Hay fever doesn’t just effect the respiratory system. People with hay fever can also suffer from fatigue, a feeling of chronic tiredness which can make everyday living activities difficult. If hay fever is well-controlled, however, this can help to ease this symptom.

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3. They Should Avoid Outdoor Activities Sometimes

No, people with hay fever should not stay indoors for the rest of their lives! However, there are times when they should avoid prolong outdoor activities. Certain times of the year (such as the spring) and certain times of the day (early morning) are more likely to lead to a higher exposure to pollen. Dry, windy days can also lead to a lot of pollen, dust and mold spores in the air, which can set off an allergic reaction.

4. They May Need to Limit Activities Around the House and Yard

If hay fever is severe, outdoor activities like mowing, raking leaves or general gardening and indoor activities like dusting or vacuuming can cause serious flare-ups. People with hay fever might need to limit or avoid these activities or wear a protective mask over their nose and mouth while doing them.

5. They May Need Extra Equipment at Home

Having extra equipment around the house such as a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, an air conditioner and dehumidifier and an efficient filter on your home heating system can keep the air cleaner and make flare-ups less likely. Hypoallergenic covers for pillows and mattresses and wood, tile or linoleum flooring that can be easily cleaned and can also make the house more friendly to those with hay fever.

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6. They May Need Long-Term Therapy

Treating hay fever can often be a long-term deal. Those who suffer from it will often need to take daily antihistamines like Claritin or a nasal spray like Flonase which reduces inflammation. Many will also opt for immunotherapy (allergy shots) to help them build up their immune system and reduce the severity of attacks. Either way, they are in it for the long haul!

7. They Can Have a Reduced Sense of Taste and Smell

Chronic inflammation and congestion of the nasal passages can greatly reduce someone’s sense of smell – and sometimes even their sense of taste! So don’t be offended if your loved one comes home from work and doesn’t comment on the smell of the pot roast you’ve got going! And if they complain that something tastes “off”, remember that this can often be the result of their condition.

8. They are Not Contagious!

While hay fever may mimic some of the signs of a cold or the flu – such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, or sinus pain – it is important to remember that people with hay fever are NOT contagious! Their symptoms are caused by weaknesses in their immune system, not by an infection by a bacteria or virus.

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9. They Are More Vulnerable to Other Diseases, But…

People with hay fever can sometimes be more likely to get other conditions as well, including sinusitis (sinus infections), asthma (hay fever is a common cause of asthma flare-ups), and eczema (which can lead to dry, red, itchy skin). This is because all of these conditions are related to the body’s immune system and how it reacts to irritants and allergens.

10. They Are Not Sickly

It is important to remember, however, that people who have hay fever are often otherwise healthy and can lead full and active lives, especially if that hay fever is well-controlled. They are not sickly and enjoy the same activities as everybody else!

Remembering these ten things about people with hay fever can make life easier for everyone in the family to live with!

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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