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The Afternoon Achoos
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how the coughing, sneezing and runny nose can make you supremely unhappy. You're not imagining it: Allergy sufferers have higher rates of depression and sleep problems than healthy individuals, and report lower moods when their symptoms flare up. Midday and afternoon typically sees the highest pollen counts, inducing the most misery.

Your simmer-down plan: Avoid outdoor exercise in the afternoon to quell potential flares. Follow the other tips in this list—a 2014 study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found that emotional stress can set off an allergy attack.