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
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,
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 . . .
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
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.
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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:
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
“Make Every Man Want You” by Marie Forleo
“She Took On The World”, by Natalie MacNeil
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.
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,
for me to start seeing a psychologist.
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MM*A*: Pt 2