Birds Flying High, You Know How I Feel…

Today, I awoke to the sound of my alarm on my iPhone; Nina Simone singing ‘Feeling Good’.  Nina’s beautiful tones and the uplifting lyrics makes for an optimistic and uplifting way to greet a new day; once I recover from the inevitable shock of suddenly returning to consciousness!  I set a different song for each morning but I always make the choice of something that will make me smile and feel hopeful about the new day.

Getting up, when you suffer with chronic illness, is never easy.  Pain and stiff muscles are the immediate sensation that remind me that I have to approach my new day with care, with careful planning and with a gently paced approach.  My ‘other half’ had left for work by this point, so I headed downstairs and freshened up, fed our two beautiful dogs who, by this time, were harassing me for their breakfast.  Coffee is an essential component of my breakfast, along with the various medications that ease my painful symptoms and enable my body to move and function.


Once I was dressed and ready for work, I set about checking my diary (again, after having already checked it the night before – I must think that ‘Elves’ creep in overnight and add things to my diary to surprise me!).  I checked my phone and my e-mails for messages and spent a little time answering them, with a coffee.  This is usually my second and final coffee of the day, that contains caffeine.  Any further coffee will be de-caffeinated.  It is appropriate for me to say ‘Bah Humbug’ at this point, for health has required me to ration my caffeine levels; much to my chagrin.

Sun in the Sky, You Know How I Feel…

I then spent quite some time writing my clinical notes, planning for my client sessions and doing any reading or research to support that.  This is a really enjoyable time of my day in which I feel an almost self-indulgent joy for my profession that comes from my in-depth reflection and preparation regimes.  This is my thinking and reflection time of day and often the time in which ‘Eureka’ moments happen as I consider particular interventions that will support my clients in forthcoming sessions.


When I finished this, I spent 15-20 minutes doing the variety of physiotherapy exercises I have to do.  This is where my body creaks and I groan, but I enjoyed it.  Well, that is to say that I eventually enjoy it.  Initially, there is a sense of incredulity and self-directed sarcasm about the fact that I am exercising!  Once physical activity was done, I spent about 10 minutes meditating; I often use some of the Mindfulness techniques that I teach my clients.

Breeze Driftin’ on by, You Know How I Feel…

I’m not sure if it was my own hunger pangs that arose, or whether one of my dogs started nudging me for a lunchtime treat, but once I finished my morning reading and writing, I headed downstairs for a bite to eat and to sit in our lovely little cottage garden.


I enjoyed a simple ploughman’s lunch with a relaxing chamomile tea.  We often buy Cornbread, which I recommend, and we usually have a block of good English Cheddar and some French Brie and Camembert as a staple snack, for ease.  These, with some delicious watercress or rocket leaves, splashed with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.  In the background, I had my ipod playing a little Nina, some Billie and some Ella and I felt relaxed and very happy in my beautiful Suffolk village.

It’s a New Dawn , It’s a New Day, It’s a New Life for Me…

I usually find myself in a last minute dash to leave for work.  It’s funny how that happens!  No matter how organised I am, there is just always that last minute dash!  My family remind me that I was born late and that I will probably be late for my own funeral! Nonetheless, after packing my work bag, gathering my keys, phone, money and walking stick, I headed to work and arrived in good time.

I’m always happy to arrive in beautiful Woodbridge and I enjoy watching the obvious holidaymakers delighting in their experience of this pretty Suffolk town.  When I arrive at work, at The Natural Health Centre, I am always greeted by smiles, friendly chat and the sight of flowers.

Then, work began; Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision.

And I’m Feelin’ Good…





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