Cure for winter cold — with photos

January 10, 2014 · 5 comments

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I’m one of those people who never gets sick. But this week, I’ve been slammed by a really bad cold. Wrestling with it has been an exercise in calming down and getting my brain to stop over-thinking.

My hunch is that I got sick because I’ve been running around too much. The way we all live today is so insane; maybe it’s no wonder that almost everyone I know is sniffling, coughing and sneezing.

In my case, I felt awful but just couldn’t bring myself to drop everything and crawl into bed. There was just too much to do — everything from worrying about crazy weather patterns that are bringing both flooding and snow storms, to taking down the Christmas tree and holiday decorations.

It took me a couple of days to admit I was even sick. By then, I had a scratchy throat which escalated into the usual symptoms involving nasty phlegm, mucus and snot. This situation, of course, forced me into a serious round of sinus cleansing…

If you do it, you know that this is a simple, inexpensive, super-effective home remedy that can help with allergies, stuffy noses and more. You also know that the whole sinus cleansing process of squirting sea salt water into your nostrils is rather painful and messy because all sorts of stuff drips out.

For a how-to on sinus cleansing, I have a blog post on it here. I wrote it in 2011, which was the last time I was really sick.

And now that I’m actually over the worst of it, I can see that it’s more than my sinuses that have been cleansed. Getting sick compelled me to get to bed early every night and eat healthy — no more out-of-control holiday binging!

Last night, I even started doing yoga again. It felt great to empty my mind and relax by going to  Yogaglo.com. If you’d like to know how I use this website’s online yoga classes, check out my post: How to do yoga online with my YouTube video.

There’s also been renewed pleasure in cooking. I just made a great dinner for my daughter. We had broiled salmon, sauteed greens and stir-fried gluten-free rice noodles. (For the fish, I used my super-easy recipe, which you can get in this post: How to make idiot-proof, Asian-style salmon.)

So right now, I’m a saner place.  Turning off a busy brain is very hard thing to do. But I highly recommend it. Less rushing and more cruising is so wonderful that it even inspired me to do a little illustration for you:

Whatever you’re doing right now, I hope you can give yourself a little TLC. Some of us have lots we want to do and even more that we want to share. But all that love and goodness won’t get into the world if we’re weighed down by our constantly ticking brains.

Let’s hear it for freedom from thinking! What kind of liberating relaxation would you like to give yourself this week? If you have a few ideas, images or words to share, please jot them down in the comments below. The collective energy would be good for all of us.

And of course, I’m happy to start. This week, I’d like to crawl into bed and read an issue of  The New Yorker. A hot bath would also be nice. What about you?  xo

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1 Cassandra January 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

This is flu season already starting and it looks to be a bad one so more reason to take care of yourself if you didn’t get it and are truly recovering from the flu. I heard 19 people in San Francisco died of the H1N1 and that the flu shot (which I can’t take) has a mixture of flu viruses in it including the H1N1. Take good care of yourself because sometimes you are the only one you’ve got.

2 betty ming liu January 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Cassandra, I feel like crap! Not used to having the blahs. But yes, there all sorts of things floating out there. And with the extreme weather, we should all take care. Thanks for the words of concern!

3 paul January 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

hi betty, hope you feel better but at least you got that cool illustration out of it. very nice. that’s just the kind of thing i wish i could do….maybe one of these days…..

best,

p

4 Gigi January 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

I hope you get better soon, Betty! Yes, a little loving can go a long way in wellness. :-)

5 betty ming liu January 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

Gigi, thanks! Yesterday was a turning point. Went from feeling awful to reaching the next level of recovery. I’m about 85% back and should be up to speed in a few more days. Now I just just to hang onto the feeling of NOT revving into overthinking mode. :)

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