I’ve been in and out of doctor’s offices once again chasing down a chronic cough. It started when I had Lyme disease, and it has progressively gotten worse through the years. Since moving to Arizona, it has gotten to the point where I coughed so hard and long that ribs were popping out of place. OUCH!
I took allergy tests but have none. We looked at food intolerances, and I only have a couple minor ones that are easy to avoid: strawberries, grapes, and onions. I never cared for strawberries; I don’t drink wine; and I like radishes just fine. I tried all sorts of diets that eliminated certain foods, and none of them removed my cough or made a difference.
My CAT scan of my sinuses was perfect and clear, and my chest X-ray blew the Pulmonologist away. Besides having extremely large lungs (I’ve always had them), he could tell I was in excellent cardiovascular health.
With that, we went back to the drawing board and have since decided my cough is from residual inflammation from Lyme disease. Another parting gift I didn’t want. Once I started on Licorice drops, my cough has subsided. I’ve hardly coughed now in three weeks. Hallelujah!
Inflammation is a rising concern for many and is the culprit of many diseases. It can cause anxiety, depression, joint swelling, and a myriad of other ailments. If like me you’ve had a weird cough, I encourage you to try Licorice drops. I also suggest you try eating more inflammation-reducing foods like non-starchy vegetables, berries, oranges, nuts, and fish. Try to avoid processed foods, sugar, and sweet drinks (yes that includes fruit juice because it is packed full of sugar), and limit flour-based foods.
I take Wobezym PS every day as natural overall inflammation reducer. Others swear by Turmeric and Green tea. We all have inflammation going on, so be proactive on this one and keep it balanced. Live long and prosper!
I love the song by Amy Grant titled, “Life is a Curious Thing.” Her lyrics share stories of different people and how they ended up, usually not as they planned. Planning and goal setting are important for success, but the ability to know when to stay the course and when to adjust is even more critical since life is fluid and ever changing.
Ever map out a trip only to learn that roads have been closed, requiring you to take a detour? We have a choice. We can get upset at the unexpected path, or we can embrace the journey and see where it leads us. Most of our growth comes from the detours…the times when we are a bit uneasy and out of our comfort zone. Unfamiliar territory is when we learn to trust our instincts more and control less.
Know your destination but remember to keep those hands loosely on the steering wheel. Keep your eyes forward but don’t forget to look around. When you encounter an obstacle, you will definitely learn something, and you may even discover something incredible you would have otherwise missed. Enjoy the ride!
I just read an interesting article in the Sept/Oct issue of The Harvard Business Review about work stress. Seems some of us create our own problems by being over achievers. In the article, they discuss how we can set unrealistic expectations for ourselves (like totally clearing out our inbox) that set us up for frustration, disappointment, and more work.
In my Work/Life Balance workshop, I address these very things. In fact, most of us contribute to our stress whether we realize it or not. Admitting it is the first step. Once we do, we can begin to make adjustments that can improve the quality of our life.
Take a look at these. Do you see yourself in any of these scenarios?
- Workaholic who is addicted to the adrenaline rush and thrives at the 11th
- Passive aggressive who says yes when they really mean no…and gets bitter about it!
- Materialistic with a love for money and can’t get enough.
- Hider who is running from a bad relationship, their past…themselves!
- Egotistical, power-hungry Type A.
- Control freak who can ‘t delegate to save their life because no one can do it as good as they can.
- Poor time manager who constantly falls behind but blames everything under the sun.
You may have seen a couple of these. We are all human, but these habits are killing your joy, sucking the life out you, and creating more stress. With them, you cannot balance work and home. Work on them, and you stand a chance!
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