SOME DAYS ALLERGIC LIVING IS TOO MUCH
by Aleasa Word
Living with life-threatening food allergies, venom allergies or latex allergies is not an easy task. Though it's obvious many embrace their conditions and learn to factor in all the workarounds necessary to be safe, nothing says that it easy. In fact, there are days when I just feel like I'm so over it because there's always something to consider.
Unfortunately, we can't just simply proclaim ourselves over it because our lives depend on us paying attention and ensuring we are safe because of this condition. So what should a person do when they are having one of those days when they are just tired of it and frustrated? To be honest, the best thing to do is to simply BE HONEST with yourself. Be willing to be open about the fact that you're having a day. And by doing so, you acknowledge your feelings. If you don't acknowledge your feelings, you stifle them and you run the risk of them resurfacing later in other ways anyhow. Once you've acknowledged you feel this way, give yourself permission to simply have a moment! Don't beat yourself up. Don't judge your feelings, just have your moment. Once you've done that it will feel like a release. From that point on you can begin to move forward. Think of the situation in small chunks. What is it about TODAY that makes this get to you? ARe you having issues with someone? Is there a financial problem today that you didn't have yesterday? Did you or one of the kids have a meltdown? Did you forget to do something? There are a number of reasons we can begin to feel overwhelmed. However, if we identify the trigger, it's easier to deal with the feelings that follow the trigger.
Finally, though you or your child may have this allergy, there are so many other things to be happy for. At least you KNOW what your allergy is. Hopefully, you aren't being blindsided like some who may not have been diagnosed before. You know what it is you have to do. You have the tools to prepare yourself and that's a big plus. Hopefully, you have support as well. So take a moment, lean into your feelings, pause, breathe and then move forward one step at a time. Show yourself compassion and practice self-care to allow yourself to simply have a moment to breathe.