With a name like “Summer,” I’m all about warm weather seasons, when there are literally hundreds of things that families can do for fun. It just so happens that warmer weather can mean prime-time for seasonal allergies. It’s no fun to hang out as a family if and when allergies are getting in the way. As an allergy sufferer myself, I choose a number of activities that minimize my chances for exposure to seasonal allergies. These are pretty much places that have a low index for pollen likelihood. Also, if allergies do come up, I know of a few remedies that can help reduce their impact.
Board Games! This is one of our all-time faves. Can you remember the last time that you actually sat down and played a board game with your family? It’s a great form of wholesome fun. Also, spending that time with your family is so great that I look forward to it now more than I ever thought I would! Also, I’ve learned some great things about my child AND myself while playing a game!
SWIMMING! I hope this one goes without saying. I would absolutely recommend this activity to anybody, regardless of age or athletic ability. Not only is this a great form of exercise and fun, but there’s very little pollen at indoor pools! You can go and swim, float, jump off the diving board, or do whatever else and not have to worry about being in a pollen rich environment.
Movie Night! This is another staple in the Sanders household during allergy season. Basically, anything that takes place inside your clean, [hopefully] climate-controlled house is fair game. Kick off your shoes, make up a big bowl of popcorn.
- Family Cook Off! As a mom, I want my kids to eat healthy. I’ve found that the best way to teach them healthy choices is to get them involved in the kitchen! We’ve had great times cooking up some yummy recipes, especially a pre-swim meet pasta! You should try it! Also, Weplay has some great, healthy recipes HERE [http://www.weplay.com/sports-parents/eat-well-play-well]. Lastly, since the kitchen is inside, you’re at a minimal risk for pollen exposure.
Now, just because these activities can be lower-risk doesn’t mean that the risk for a seasonal allergy reaction is removed. It’s because of this that I always keep an antihistamine around just in case I, or someone I lovegets allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, or itchy nose or throat.
I hope this list helps, and makes your allergy season the best it can be!
Have a great day!