There are many blog posts written this time of year on how to avoid fighting with you in-laws. Or how to avoid gaining weight. My tips are for those of us who are sensitive or allergic to things in our every day world. For me, I need to avoid perfumes, cleaners, air fresheners and a number of foods. Here are some tips that can help you:
 Avoid Crowds – This one can be hard, especially if you have shopping to do. Try shopping at non-peak times. Avoid weekend shopping. Perhaps you can take a day off work to shop. In my experience, mornings are the best times. Be there when the stores open.
 Watch Where You Shop – You probably already know this, but it bears repeating. There are shops & stores that I refuse to go in because they have too many smells. Especially bad are the places that have chosen to ‘brand’ their location with a unique scent. I avoid these at all costs!
 Be Careful What You Eat – There are lots of parties this time of year, plus more dining out. If you have sensitivities or allergies, this can be dangerous. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the food. If you’re unsure, sometimes the best bet is to not eat it.
 Beware the Potluck – I used to love pot luck dinners. It was an opportunity to try new dishes. Now, not so much. I have to spend too much time asking questions, that aren’t always well received. I either don’t go or make sure I bring a casserole that can be my meal, if need be.
 Beware the Greenery – Christmas trees, greenery, etc can be a real issue. For me, I am allergic to much of the real greenery and trees. And the artificial ones are often sprayed with a scent.
 Plan Your Hair/Nail Appointments – If you’re sensitivity to the chemicals used in salons, then pick a time when they’re less busy. The shop I go to is closed Sunday & Monday. So I usually go early Tuesday morning.
 Get Some Fresh Air – If you’re at an event and it gets to be too much, step outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air.
[BONUS] Walk Away – For some reason, people tend to wear more perfume this time of year. It’s a combination of the party atmosphere and the perfumes people get as gifts. If you find yourself in a situation where you just cannot cope, then leave. It’s hard to miss events this time of year. But ask yourself: Is it worth it to be at this party when I know that I’ll be miserable for the next few days?
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