The onset of Spring brings with it many things, some great and some… not-so-great. Spring means warm weather, sports, blooming flowers, and, unfortunately, seasonal allergies and Hay Fever. It can be all too easy to get discouraged when you’re eyes are itchy and you can’t stop sneezing. Hay Fever symptoms can be quite uncomfortable, but don’t let them keep you from having fun!
There are many ways to combat seasonal allergies, and they all start with the right attitude. You need to change that feeling of “I don’t want to go out today, my allergies might act up” to “I can handle this. Even if my allergy symptoms act up, I can take the right course of action to feel better. Allergies won’t sideline me! Let’s do this!” It’s amazing how the right attitude can change things around.
“How can you have this attitude though? My allergies can get really bad.” The fact of the matter remains that in this day and age we have a number of tools to combat allergy symptoms. There may be a number of things that keep you or your young one inside: homework, chores, etc.; but pollen shouldn’t be one of them. “How can I stay positive though?” Let’s look at some things that a mom can do to stay confident:
Change: “There’s a lot of pollen out today, I don’t want to go outside.”
To: “I’m prepared for this. Let’s get out there!”
Positive attitude starts with preparation. Keep your house clean. Keep your sports equipment free of allergens. Wear protective clothing. Long sleeves, caps, and glasses can go a long way to minimize you and your child’s exposure to pollen. Keep the car windows up on your way to the park. If you know you’re prepared for allergens, you’ll be more apt to get out there. You can do this!
Furthermore, as part of preparation, keep an antihistamine on-hand. If your symptoms do act up, you can get relief. With the awareness that you can combat your symptoms when they do show up, you’ll be more likely to get out on that field and play, or cheer..
When it all boils down, combating allergies starts with the right attitude. In sports, just as in life, the right attitude makes wonderful things possible. Don’t let your allergies keep you sidelined!