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How Meditation Got Rid of My Seasonal Allergies

To keep it interesting, I like to keep trying new mental and physical exercises.

The Discovery

I have an interest in mental and physical health. After doing some research, I came across some meditation programs. The programs promised to make meditation easy and more effective than meditating by myself. There was also a long list of benefits, but some of the claims seemed far-fetched. I wanted to see if they worked.

To use the guided meditation, I had to find a quiet place, put on a pair of headphones, and sit in a relaxed position. When I was ready I pressed play. The first time I used it I became deeply relaxed. I continued to use it for 15 minutes every night. It was enjoyable and required very little effort. The first major benefit I noticed was that I had more energy. I was waking up earlier and I had more energy throughout the day.

Woman meditating

Woman meditating

How Meditation Gave Me Allergy Relief

I started meditating in late winter. As spring came, I was bracing myself for allergy season. I knew my allergies would start bothering me soon. Usually, I stayed inside and kept the windows closed. When I went outside or if the windows were open, I took allergy medicine. However, that year was different. It was the first year my seasonal allergies did not bother me.

The medicine I was taking did not help much and made me tired. Meditation cured my allergies and gives me more energy. You do not need to meditate every day, but if you stop meditating your allergies might start bothering you again. I cannot guarantee meditation will cure your allergies, but it worked great for me.

Allergies and Your Immune System

Allergies are caused by an improper response from your immune system. When you are relaxed, your immune system works better. If you are stressed or depressed, your immune system is impaired. People that meditate regularly are more relaxed. As a result, their immune systems work better and allergic reactions are reduced or eliminated.

The way you breath is important. I learned to use deep, slow belly breathing. Your belly should expand and contract and your breaths should be slow and steady. This method is healthier and it keeps you more relaxed throughout the day.

Healing exercises like tai chi, qigong, and yoga will also give your immune system a boost. These exercises strengthen your mind and body while leaving you relaxed and energized. I recommend relaxing exercise and meditation for anyone that suffers from allergies.

If I get sick it is usually in the winter when I spend most of my time inside. It is colder, I am spending more time indoors and I am exercising less. What happens if I change my behavior? Exercising more and spending more time outside in the winter seems to be a good way to avoid getting colds and flues. Now I do elliptical workouts, play Wii sports games and go for walks so I don't get sick.

Hoping and wishing does not help. You might be able to get your immune system to work better by changing your behavior.

Relaxing exercises like yoga boost your immune system.

Relaxing exercises like yoga boost your immune system.

Meditation Music

The easiest way to meditate is to listen to a guided meditation session or meditation music that alters your brainwaves. You could also listen to a YouTube video. A good meditation program is going to cost money but they often have free samples.

Try it and see if it works before buying a better version or stick with the free ones. Meditation is similar to hypnosis. You are guided into a deep state of relaxation but you need to be good at following the instructions and allowing yourself to relax. Listening once may not be enough. Test it for at least a week.

The trick is to program yourself using repetition. You can form triggers that quickly change your emotional state. Going to bed at the same time every night makes it easier to fall asleep. Meditating at the same time makes it easier to meditate. My guided meditation session uses the 3 to 1 method. Thinking "3,3,3" makes me feel more relaxed.

With practice you can get better at controlling your breathing and your thoughts. Search for terms like free meditation music and guided meditation sample. Then listen to it 1 to 3 times a day for a week or two to see if it will work for you. If you don't like it then try another one.

How to Listen to Meditation Music

  1. Keep an open mind and believe it will work.
  2. Pick a time for your daily meditation practice.
  3. Go to a quiet place.
  4. Sit in a chair and get comfortable. Don't fall asleep.
  5. Put on a pair of headphones if you need them.
  6. Make sure the room is not too bright.
  7. Start the meditation session and close your eyes.
  8. Listen and follow any instructions.
  9. Enter a deep state of relaxation.
Woman listening to relaxing meditation music.

Woman listening to relaxing meditation music.

Moving Meditation

Long distance biking is one of my hobbies. If you are not into yoga and meditation try running, biking, rowing, paddling or walking. Stay in the moment by focusing on the motions and your breathing or the changing environment. Cardio endurance workouts can be very relaxing.

When possible exercise in tranquil environments and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Nature parks and trails are a great place to workout. I bike around parks and go for walks along the beach. Sometimes I get to see wild animals like a baby deer.

Instead of sitting still and trying to meditate you can just focus on your workout. It is easier to stay focused when you are alone. Don't talk or look at your phone, just exercise.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can meditation heal my undiagnosed eye allergy?

Answer: I think meditation could reduce or get rid of your allergy. When your immune system overreacts to a harmless substance like pollen it can cause an allergic reaction. Meditation can change how your immune system reacts. In my case it stopped my immune system from overreacting. I am not an expert but I know it worked for me. The best way to see if it will work for you is to try it. Start by meditating once a day. Like most things it takes practice to get good at it. Meditating once is not enough. Exercising and maintaining healthy habits can also help.

Your results may be different. What works for me may not work for you but there is a good chance it will. I wish I tried it sooner.

© 2011 Michael H

Comments

DG on November 28, 2016:

I agree with this article. My level of meditation seems to correlate with how bad my allergies are. When I go weeks without meditation my allergies remind me to get back on it!

Westley1776 on April 23, 2015:

Hi Michael,

Could you please share which meditation programs you found most useful?

Thank you for your kind help.

Kind regards,

Westley

And Drewson from United States on April 08, 2011:

I think one can do much more than most people would believe when they have a clearer mind-body connection. Thank you. :)