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How Allergies Affect Your Mood: Lifestyle Tips for a Happier Spring

You love the growth and renewal that comes with spring. Flowers bloom and trees blossom. And with this growth comes pollen-and lots of it. So it's no wonder that when spring arrives, you start to feel more tired, ill and even irritable.

Pollen fills the air and your lungs, and makes it difficult for you to live normally.

Rather than just live with allergies, take action. Below, we've listed a few simple lifestyle tips to help you combat pollen and other allergens. As you use these methods this coming spring, you can maintain your regular lifestyle and improve your overall mood.

Get an effective Air Filter

1 in 5 Australians suffer from at least one allergy (that's 4.1 million people), and 2 in 5 have hay fever. If you suffer from allergies, then an efficient air filter could reduce your symptoms.

Older and/or cheaper air purifiers will only remove particles as large as .3 micron. But this means that millions of smaller particles go straight through them and back into the indoor air to be breathed in. These “ultra-fine” particles are those which can aggravate your red eyes, stuffy nose or cause other symptoms. Choose an air purifier which removes particles at least .1 micron or smaller. Then you can be confident that it will remove:

  • Dust
  • Dust mite debris
  • Mould spores
  • Pet dander and hair
  • Pollens
  • Airborne viruses & bacteria
  • Allergens and irritants
  • Additionally, if fitted with carbon media also, it can remove:
  • Chemicals, gases, benzene and other fumes
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • Cooking odours
  • Smoke

When you don't breathe in these contaminants, you won't have as many allergy symptoms, so you can do more of what you enjoy. And as you live your life as you would without allergies, you feel more energized and optimistic.

Some people might recommend over-the-counter medications, nasal steroids and even allergy shots to keep you healthy this spring. But those strategies address the symptoms of allergies, not the cause. As it purifies the air in your home and eliminates allergens, an air filter diminishes pollen's effects.

Sleep better

An air purifier also makes all the difference while you sleep. When you sleep, your body relaxes and your lungs take in more air. An air filter ensures that your lungs take in pure, irritant-free air. As a result, you'll sleep better and enjoy improved health.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Did you know that a healthy diet, rich with fruits, vegetables and nutrient-rich nuts can curtail allergy symptoms? The vitamins and minerals you get from a well-balanced diet also keep you energized and improve your mood. Drink lots of fluids to help thin the mucus in your throat and nose and sooth your sinuses.

Shower Frequently

Go outside, get some sunshine and enjoy nature to boost your mood. However, too much outdoor-time during pollen season can stir up your worst symptoms. Your clothes, hair and skin carry allergens with you through the house, and you could inhale those allergens later on.

If you shower and change clothes soon after you come back inside, you'll wash away pollen and other contaminants. As you minimize the amount of irritants inside, you also reduce your allergy symptoms.

Avoid Cigarette Smoke

Smoke aggravates allergy symptoms, such as congestion and itchy, painful eyes. If you do smoke, do so outside and ask guests to do the same. You should also avoid places where high amounts of cigarette smoke and other fumes can aggravate your allergies.

Take Control for a Better Spring

Get a jump start on the upcoming pollen season. Follow the guidelines listed above to clear your home or office from common irritants. If you have any questions about which purifier will help you most, contact a local air purifier showroom and ask the staff to share their expertise with you.

Allergies are no laughing matter, especially because they contribute to a bad mood. You'll breathe with confidence if you have a quality air filter in your home and take other steps to eliminate allergens in your home.

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