The Autumn of Life

I experienced decades of sadness and joy

Curated memories and learned some painful lessons

Just so I can spend the autumn of my life

Reflecting and appreciating.

If I don’t see another winter

That’s fine with me.

You see, I’ve loved many

Laughed heartily 

Experienced the world around me

Shared my knowledge with the masses.

I can leave this world

Happy to see the leaves change colors

As I prepare for my final season.

 @MsWalton

www.therecoveringpessimist.me

My Hand is Forced

 

I’ve ignored the stress for a very long time, hoping it would just go away.

Instead, the stress compounded, making it unbearable for me to function normally. The pot has boiled over. I’ve hit the wall. Something has to give.

Change is necessary. On top of that, I don’t know what changes are needed for the stress to go away. For someone who loathes surprises, not knowing what’s next is quite uncomfortable. I’m not a fan of this part of the journey.

On the bright side, being uncomfortable may not be as bad as it seems:)

 

 

Survival Tips for Allergy/Sinus Sufferers

The cooler weather and falling leaves are awesome. For those who suffer from allergies and/or sinus issues, it’s the start of a rough season. Everything from the neck up has been in a state of panic since the first cool day we had here in VA.

I wanted to share some of my tips that have helped me so far so that you won’t be a frequent visitor at the doctor’s office (like I am). Also, please leave a comment with your tips. I’m always up to learn something new.

1. Use a Humidifier
– My warm water humidifier is my best friend during the cold months. I add about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to the water. The menthol is good for clearing congestion. Plus it smells lovely.

2. Stay Hydrated
– This sounds gross, but I get a lot of phlegm that just sticks to the sides of my throat. When it gets this bad, I usually have to buy Mucinex D to break up the phlegm and prevent chest and sinus congestion issues.

3. Listen to your Body
– I’ve had so many upper respiratory infections. Going to the doctor and the pharmacy constantly is draining . I finally learned that my body will warn me when all is not well. That gives me time to try to treat the issue before it gets worse. Your wallet will thank you later.

4. Rest Up
– I know you hear this all the time, but you have to get a good night’s rest. Yes, I know all the fall shows are back on TV, but you need to give your body time to repair itself. When I can’t fall asleep, I drink a cup of Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime Sinus Soother Wellness Tea. I usually fall asleep within 10-15 minutes of drinking the tea.

5. Medicate Wisely
– If you use prescription and/or over-the-counter medication, make sure you use them correctly. In addition to local pharmacy, I use Drugs.com to check for any drug interactions.

Those are a few of my allergy/sinus survival tips. My fellow sufferers, how do you survive the colder months? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

My Favorite Last Minute Task

I don’t have an issue with washing/drying laundry but I hate putting the clothes away. When the dryer buzzes, I take the clothes out and toss them across the bed. Yes, I could put them away at that point, but I don’t. I put the next load in the dryer and go back downstairs to do something else.
Usually,  I wash and dry 4-5 small loads of clothes a week. By the time Friday gets here, the pile is massive. I’m confined to sleeping on one side of the bed and that’s when I finally put the clothes away. Even though it irritates me, I don’t make the first attempt to fix it.
What is your favorite last minute task?

Best Under Pressure

 

I work best in a state of chaos. It’s definitely for the easily stressed.

This works perfectly when it comes to blogging. Ninety percent of my blog posts are based on observations, making it impossible to schedule posts ahead of time. While I try to write blog posts a week in advance, that doesn’t always work in my favor.

Inspiration can hit hours before my scheduled post time. This is usually when I’m at my full-time job. Hence the chaos. Being a pro at multitasking is essential if I want to get posts scheduled on time.

P.S. The adrenaline rush I get from working in chaos is pretty awesome too:)