Limit Exposure to Irritants
1Keep a clean house and minimize exposure to dust, mold, pet dander and dust mites. It's best if you do not live with pets other than fish for now. Once allergies are under control or resolved, it may be fine to get a pet.
2Limit the use of chemicals to clean your house or in your work.
3Limit your exposure to chemicals, pollution, and strong smells in general.
4Limit toiletries with fragrances or perfumes until you are allergy-free, and even then, its best not to use commercial fragrances that are very strong. Commercial fragrances can affect the liver and hormones in unwanted ways, so it's best to use mild, none at all, or all-natural. Natural essential oils can be balancing and beneficial, unless they agitate your symptoms.
5 Use a natural or biodegradable laundry detergent, and always use less than what is recommended.
6Once in a while you will be around people who wear strong fragrances or chemicals. For most people this is ok. Only highly sensitive people need to limit this exposure.
7Do not smoke. It will be very difficult to get rid of your allergies if you smoke. If possible, do not live in a home where someone smokes, or where someone smoked in the past for many years. If you must live with someone who smokes, spend plenty of time outdoors and bring fresh air into the home as much as possible. Do not buy a used car or furniture from someone who smoked. New research shows that third-hand smoke (the smoke that is in the walls and materials of a house or car) is much worse than second-hand smoke.
8Do not live in a dark damp environment such as a home that has mold or no sunlight. If you suspect dust mites, there is information on the internet on how to control them.
Exercise and Qi Cultivation
1 Exercise regularly. Exercise increases circulation, stamina, immune function, adaptability, cleanses the lymph nodes and blood, detoxifies the body, and moves stuck emotions. Find what is right for you at this time. Let the exercise counter-balance other parts of your life that may be extreme. It can be personal down-time to integrate the day, such as a walk outside alone, or it may be a hard workout to burn off steam from the day. A regular yoga practice is one of the most health promoting things you can do in this lifetime. If you choose, 15 minutes per day of yoga can change your life for the better in ways you never would have imagined. You can go to a class, find good teachers on YouTube, or light a candle in your home and have your own daily practice.
2 If you want to expand the benefit of the time and energy you put into your exercise, you can use it to infuse qi into any aspect of your life that is important to you on that day. Before you practice or exercise, in your mind set an intention or dedicate the practice to something or someone. Here are examples of messages you might use to start your yoga session:
I dedicate this practice to my beautiful, healthy, graceful body and spirit, and I ask for guidance in regard to these allergies so I can best support my body.
I dedicate this bike ride to this beautiful planet earth, who ceaselessly gives us grounding, food, community, water, inspiration, life.
Let this workout send joyful, harmonious, loving energy to tomorrow’s family gathering so we can all be warmed and rejuvenated by our family connection.
My intention for this run is to get clarity on this big decision I need to make this month.
Setting these kinds of intentions directs the energy you are generating in your exercise routine toward the things in life that are important to you, and it literally sends them positive supportive energy. This practice of intention setting is a form of qi cultivation and is much cleaner and more refined and efficient in promoting positive outcome than worrying. In addition to energizing your dreams, this practice helps clarify where your energy is in the present moment because you are checking in with what is important to you each day. Where are you going to place your $100 bill today? Your bill is the energy in your exercise on a certain day. This clarity of consciousness keeps you in touch with what has heart and meaning to you, which is one of our main guidance pointers that directs us on our paths in life. Whenever we aren't sure of the right decision, we follow the path that has heart and meaning. (a great late teacher of many, Angeles Arrien)
Attitude and Stress
1Included in lifestyle is attitude because your body and soul are subjected to it all day every day. Attitude is very important: keep an open mind and harmonize yourself with life itself. Accept that sometimes things get out of control and out of balance and that this is part of life. Do not resist life and what it presents. Do not hate your allergies (you can hate them, but in the same moment accept them in the present moment and ask for guidance on the best measures to take to support your body). See what happens.
2Stress is a key factor in most health concerns, including allergies. The reason for this is that too much stress impairs liver function; weakens immune, adrenal, and nervous systems; and throws off delicate hormone balance, including thyroid and female and male reproductive hormones. All of these systems directly affect the severity and frequency of allergic response. In addition, too much stress puts pressure on the vascular system, causing inability of mucous and lymph to clear from sinus cavities and lymphatic tissue, resulting in sinus pain and persistent congestion. The next section offers more tools on how to manage stress.
One of the most important parts of your recovery from allergies or control of symptoms is sufficient restful sleep. Ideally, this sleep is during the night, starting sometime between the hours of 9-10 pm and waking between 6-7 am. Sleeping at night is when the body does everything it needs to do to be balanced, healthy, and strong. It is easy to take for granted the importance of sleep and the body's ability to constantly heal and build. Sleep is so easy, we don't even have to do anything to recover except lay down and forget about everything! During this time, body grows hair, builds blood, bones, hormones, sorts out emotional confusion, heals wounds, detoxifies allergens, alcohol, negativity, and on and on. If you want to reduce allergies, this is the freebie, so make sure you get enough. For people who have long or intense days, a short break is also very beneficial. Laying down and resting the body and mind for 15-30 minutes rather than plowing through until bedtime takes a huge load off the body, allowing the body's energy to be spent more efficiently on recovering from allergies. This same energy would otherwise be used to try to hold up a tired body vertically for no real good reason other than to work a few more minutes. Pushing through a long day occasionally is going to happen, but to do it daily does not make sense. It's like trying to ride a bike on its side for the second half of the day instead of just taking a few minutes to get up and balanced and ride smoothly and effortlessly.