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How I Survive My Seasonal Allergies

How I Survive My Seasonal Allergies

I’m a forgetful person. A moment’s relief from allergy season makes me believe I’m out in the clear until suddenly—ACHOO! I’m back to a routine of red eyes, a runny nose, and a round of gesundheits from slightly repulsed onlookers.

I admit it is disgusting. My allergies keep me up all night and my already distinguishable dark circles are hard to cover up. My eyes are a literal bloodshot red, swollen from the tears and rubbing. My sneezes come in a rapid count of 20 and allergy medication makes me look like a regular druggie. But after years of suffering, I have compiled a list of tips that ease the symptoms until my next blissful moment of forgetfulness sets in.

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1. Wear Sunglasses/Glasses

I’ll start off with an easy one. Be shady and wear your sunglasses! As I described earlier, my eyes are extremely sensitive during allergy season. Allergens are tiny, devil particles that irritate your eyes upon contact. Wear sunglasses or glasses to shield your eyes from direct contact with these specks from hell.

2. Use Eye Drops

Still continuing with the eye theme, use and carry eye drops with you to wash out allergens from your eyes. A few drops can provide instant relief and can keep you from rubbing your eyes, which is a huge NO unless you enjoy dark circles.

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3. Try Not to Wear Eye Makeup

For a makeup lover such as myself, this is a hard tip to adjust to. If you’re like me when it comes to smudgy makeup during allergy season, try to avoid wearing it. Your eyes will thank you! I don’t like waterproof mascara, or eyeliner, as it is stiff and difficult to take off, but feel free to wear it if it makes you happy.

4. It’s OK to Sneeze

When I was in school, I would hate sneezing during class, especially in my smaller discussion courses where they’d interrupt the professor. I’d try to control the sneeze which would lead to a mind-numbing round of sneezes and it made the problem worse. In situations such as these, try excusing yourself to the hallway and letting the sneeze out properly. Your body is attempting to eject the allergens from inside, don’t fight it!

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5. Take Medicine (Of Course!)

I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I strongly dislike taking medicine unless it is absolutely necessary. Allergy season is sadly one of those times I have to take medicine. If you’re constantly driving like me, invest in a non-drowsy formula such as Zyrtec. I’ll only take Benadryl on weekend nights when I know I’ll be sleeping in. As always, consult a doctor before taking any medication.

6. Invest in An Air Purifier

This is one of those pricey but TOTALLY worth-it tips. An air purifier is a huge investment but it has the potential to change your life. One with the correct filter can catch allergens in the air before they get to you. An air purifier is designed to filter up to 99.97% of common allergens like dust, animal dander and pollen, so they can’t get into your body and cause an allergic reaction, according to Air Purifiers America.

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7. Be Prepared

Even with the right medicine and precautions, allergies can get the best of us. Be prepared with tissues, hand sanitizer, and any other items that bring you comfort during your bad days. I always keep a pair of tissues in my purse or in the car. It’s best to be prepared than to be caught off guard by a sudden allergy attack.

Have any allergy tips you swear by? Share them in the comments below!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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