There are a lot of pricey products and services to help alleviate and reduce your asthma and allergy symptoms. But if you want to breath more easily without spending a penny, there are ways to do that too! Yoga, common sense, a little soap and water and a good eye for telltale mold are great -and free!- starts.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Do some deep, alternate nostril breathing, daily. This will help get your lungs full of good, clean oxygenated air.
This is a yoga technique, generally practiced to ‘balance’ the mind and soul; however, it also forces one to focus, fully, on evenly inflating the lungs.
Try to consciously keep even breathing as your day progresses. When possible, breathe through your nose to further control the access allergens and irritants have to your airways.
If you are unfamiliar with alternate nostril breathing, head to the internet and do a search; there are a multitude of sites with diagrams, instructions and even videos to get you well on your way.
Avoid excessive physical exertion, especially on particularly hot or cold days. Use the weather channel or your local forecast and plan your activities accordingly.
Completely eliminate dry dusting when cleaning your home or car. Use a wet or damp dusting method to eliminate much of the dust and microscopic environmental triggers that may trigger asthma or allergies.
If you’ve got a double hepa filter on your vacuum, opt to vacuum cobwebs rather than sweeping. Sweeping requires more manual labor, and also increases the amount of time one is exposed to potential allergens and triggers.
Using warm, lightly soaped water, rinse out the dusty, removable plastic hoses on vacuum cleaners prior (and post) use. Allow the hose to dry fully before using it (as allergens and dust stick easily to damp surfaces).
Break up the chores. Don’t dust, vacuum and purge clutter all on the same day. Divide a major cleaning up over a week or two to minimize the allergens that will be free floating in the home simultaneously.
Keep a watchful eye out of mold. If you do spot any mold in your home, inside or out, call a professional to assess what kind of mold it is and how extensive it has become (often mold that is visible is an indicator of other, hidden growth). Don’t attempt to remove it on your own as disturbing mold can very quickly release toxic spores that can trigger a serious asthmatic or allergic episode.
Immediately after doing any cleaning in the home, leave the structure for at least a few hours to let any possible airborne triggers die down and settle.