2022 is a couple of weeks old, and if you’re like many others, you either haven’t decided on a New Year’s resolution, or your efforts for the one you’d picked are waning.
If you’ve been struggling with allergies or asthma, however, why not pledge to get your symptoms under control this year?
Asthma and allergy symptoms can be a real struggle, yet there are certain things you can do to reduce the impact on your life. Taking a slow and steady approach over the following months may help limit symptoms and restore you to a higher quality of life.
The key to this resolution, like many others, is making small and manageable adjustments over time.
Two of the first things you can do to help manage symptoms are quitting smoking and coming up with a regular cleaning schedule for your home. Quitting smoking is self-explanatory, and cleaning your home is, too.
Be sure to pick cleaning products that don’t cause a reaction, and remember to dust surfaces, under sofas, and change the sheets weekly (and more If needed). Allergens live everywhere!
Protecting yourself against COVID-19 is also essential. People with respiratory conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness from the virus, so wear a mask, social distance, and get a vaccine with a booster.
A flu shot may be worthwhile, too, to help your immune system battle potential respiratory illnesses.
Paying attention to mental health may also help manage asthma and allergy symptom severity. Emotional health and physical health are closely related, and finding ways to relax and de-stress may help manage flare-ups.
Calming techniques like meditation, music, exercise, or activities you enjoy can all help with stress.
Diet is crucial for managing asthma and allergies, as well. If you have food allergies, you’re likely already watching what you eat, so you know you can do it. Try boosting intake of anti-inflammatory foods, like many fruits and vegetables, and limiting processed foods that contribute to inflammation.