I am sorry that I have been missing in action over the last few weeks, its been, shall we say, interesting. After a little health scare (I am fine) I had to take some time to prioritize my life. You wouldn’t think that is was too hard to do as I am the Queen of organisation but it turns out prioritising your actual life is harder than just prioritising the ‘things to do’ in your life.
It started when I thought I was having a nervous breakdown (maybe I was), and I took myself off to the doctor. Yes I do too much, but so does every mother, surely it had to be more than just extreme tiredness. I have a wonderful Doctor but his response was what I had expected “The pill can help settle your moods and help with your hormonal breakouts and if that fails I can give you a low dose of something that can help get you through”. I didn’t want something to mask what was happening to me, I wanted to get to the bottom of it. For those of you that don’t know me, I always look for natural therapies first. So I took myself off to a herbalist. Dunns Herbal Clinic is the biggest of its kind in Australia. Kathy Dunn is the master herbalist and after performing some iridology and other ‘alternate’ tests she said that my body was failing. At the same time my body was feeling battered, I began to lose my hair. I was working crazy hours, exercising way too much, taking on more than I could handle and to top it off my hormones decided to have a dance party in my body.
So because I am an all or nothing kind of girl I decided I was taking action and hitting my mind, body and soul with everything I could to start to feel better. Firstly, it was the herbs – they tasted (and still do) like horse poo. Secondly, on the advice of one of my dear friends I started seeing a life coach or ‘healer’ if you like. And thirdly, I started to take it slower, and by ‘it’ I mean my life.
Firstly, let me start by saying I cannot live without my herbs. They come in liquid form and taste awful but I have been taking them for a little over two months and not only do I feel so much better, people have started to notice how well I am looking. Kathy Dunn grows her own herbs in her herbal farm (did I mention the biggest of its kind in Australia) and has natural remedies for everything you could possibly imagine. Herbs are made especially for you and the process is so interesting. One bottle lasts a month and each month the herbs change slightly depending on your current health, seasons, illness and lifestyle. My dad has been seeing Kathy for over 10 years and first went to her when he was diagnosed with cancer. He used natural therapy and herbs in addition to chemo and felt well for the majority of the time he had his treatment. I can really feel the difference they have made to me and I strongly recommend Kathy to anyone considering this type of alternate treatment.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly has been my life coach. I was sceptical at first. I don’t like clairvoyant’s and I really didn’t know what I was going to say when I saw her, I didn’t really know what my problem was or why I was so tired and there was no medical explanation for what I was feeling and I wasn’t depressed, so why even see her? Let me tell you… THIS WOMAN CHANGED MY LIFE. The minute I got there everything I never even knew was bothering came bubbling out my mouth and my eyeballs and then we finished the session with reiki and I left feeling like I was walking on clouds, how was this possible?! Just two hours before everything seemed so hard, so overwhelming and now I felt like I was floating. I see her every month and she reminds me of what is important in my life and we share a cuppa and a chat. SHE IS BRILLIANT and I couldn’t image life without her.
And lastly I stopped trying to cram more than was humanly possible in my day. I am notorious for trying to squeeze in that little bit extra in my day. I was running at such high adrenalin for such a long time that eventually my body literally had nothing more to give and so the big crash of 2015 ensued. The minute I started to slow my life down, my body had the ability to re-fuel.
I don’t know which one of these three changes (although I suspect it is all three) in my life has led to no more severe tiredness, no more anxiety and no more hormone dance parties in my body but I do know that for the first time in a long time I am able to wake up refreshed, take the time to breathe, and know that whatever doesn’t get done today will still be there tomorrow…
For more on the people that changed my world, visit;
Rowena Hateley (A.K.A The woman I can’t live without)
Until next time…