Managing My *Asthma*: Part 1

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I believe that I am very responsible
in facing and dealing
with my *asthma*.

I have never pretended that I don’t have *asthma*.
I have NEVER pretended that I am ‘cured’.

I acknowledge that *asthma*
is a legacy of my childhood
and is probably hereditary.

I take my preventative medication,
and do my best.

BUT . . . . . . . . . .
there is so much more I can
(and do)
do for myself to help keep my *asthma* under control. .

Here are some of techniques I use . . .

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For years and years,
I have kept a close eye on my alcohol intake.

I have a rule – that I am not allowed to drink at home,
alone.
Alcohol is a BIG part of my childhood,
and using it as a crutch is not an option.

I am also acutely aware of the physical effects
it has on my own *asthma* symptoms.
Instead, I choose to partake of a tipple on certain occasions
always with another person – a social drink!

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Quite by accident,
I discovered that I had invented a wonderfully joyous manner
in which to deal with incidental bouts of *asthma*
with this simple technique . . .

Look Up!

When I was in my 20’s
I would quite often stop and look up.

At the clouds in contrast with the blueness of the sky.

I love looking at the different types of clouds.
It spins me out that they can be so different and mean such different things

Cirrus spissatus undulatus

Cirrus spissatus undulatus

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I regularly stop to look at a flock of birds moving.

Where are they going?
Are they migrating?
Are they just stretching their wings?

Specifically, I am always on the lookout for Wedgetailed Eagles,
as they are a majestic bird.
I LOVE them.

Wedgie

A Wedgie launching

Source

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I read.

Books have always been a MASSIVE part of life.

I was a High School Library Teacher for 15 years.
My Mum was a Librarian for over 30 years.
I have always collected childrens’ Picture Books for myself
– they’re so beautiful, and magical, and funny!!!

My favourite fiction genres are:
* Horror
* Crime
* Adventure
* Supernatural
* Romance
* Historical

However,
lately I have reading a totally different ‘kind’ of book.

I guess you would categorize them as “Self Help”,
but they are a bit less generic than that,
for me anyway.

It started with,
“I Quit Sugar”, by Sarah Wilson.
Then I read,
“Sweet Poison”, by David Gillespie
and then,
“Make Every Man Want You” by Marie Forleo
and also,
“She Took On The World”, by Natalie MacNeil

I Quit Sugar

I Quit Sugar

I have also begun reading some journals for the first time in 20 years.
Particularly, I have read “New Scientist” & “Time”.

And what impact has this re-immursion into reading had?

I have had to learn to face
some seriously difficult aspects of my personality
and reminded me that my ‘journey’ if far from over.

However,
these written materials have also given me a number of new tools to use,
and have ultimately led me to believe that it is time,
once again,
for me to start seeing a psychologist.

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MM*A*: Pt 2

may include
Creativity

Exercise
Meditation/Yoga
Incense
Drastic diets
Groups

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