Autumn has definitely arrived. Despite the odd freak sunny day, the morning frosts and falling leaves are a give away. I've started to get the odd shiver and sniffle, but I'm determined not to catch the kids' back to school' lurgy or even a cold. Not now, I'm too busy! I'm waging a war on illness. Mental & physical. Winter is coming and I'm ready for it. First thing on my list was to get rid of my backache. Thanks to Ben Gait, from Mendip Chiropractic – it's much less painful, and I have learnt some really important strategies to stop it from getting any worse. Ben can perform 'quick fixes' but the real magic happens , when you book a number of sessions over a longer period of time. I've been going twice a week since June. Recovery was a bit of a rollercoaster, as my issues were complex- but now I am much better. I'm also mindful about how I sit, bend over and pick things up! Now my back's working, I can start walking, running and yoga again. The other main things on my 'beat the winter blues' list. Aromatherapy is powerfully healing for me. Lavender, relaxes. Rosemary, revives. Paul Mercer, at Intentions Aromatherapy in Shepton Mallet, gave me a 'root chakra' oil to dab on my wrists before my comedy performances. I have terrible stage fright, and this helps to ground me. The kids also use it if they have nightmares. Other weapons in my arsenel include ; Bach flower remedies, Berrocca and vitamin C tablets, Echinachea and probiotic yoghurt drink 'Kefir' which has more active good bacteria than some expensive tablets. Polish brand 'Mlekovita' is in Tesco for just £1.50 a bottle. Healthy gut, healthy body they say.
My mum swears by good old fashioned cod liver oil tablets and high potency Manuka honey, which she she gets in the Holland & Barrett penny sale. Nothing is guaranteed to fend off winter viruses, but aiming for a healthy body and mind can only be positive. The other thing I must try to do, is not burn out. 'Radio Shepton' is launching soon, thanks to the generosity of the public – via Tesco Bags of help- and a grant from the Town Council. We'd really love people to volunteer - visit fb.me/radioshepton. I've got some more comedy gigs lined up, and will be involved with the huge Armistice 100 and Poppy appeal collections by Shepton Mallet Royal British Legion.
Along with the usual stresses and strains of parenthood, I might get exhausted, then no matter how much yoga I do or how much 'kefir' I drink- I will definitely crash and burn! Note to self. It's ok to say 'No'. Unless it's to chocolate.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)