Roy Hudd

Roy’s find­ing that there is some plea­sure to be had in the abil­ity to just stand and stare

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Arather sad lit­tle piece this time. I’ve had to pull out of the pro­posed tour of Wait­ing for God the play I was so look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on the road. The play’s tour will carry on with an old pal, Jef­frey Hol­land, tak­ing my place. I am heart­bro­ken about hav­ing to leave but it was on ad­vice from our doc­tor. I was suf­fer­ing from some­thing so many of us do these days. Pres­sure. In the world to­day the pace of life is so great that we some­times just can’t keep up with it and it cer­tainly isn’t the sole pre­serve of my busi­ness. Up to the day we started re­hearsals I was run­ning all over the place do­ing all sorts of jobs so I could af­ford to go on tour. After panto I did a new TV show with the fa­mous “grow­ing old dis­grace­fully” Red Hat­ters. (I wrote about this smash­ing group of over 50-year-old lady tear­aways a few col­umns back.) I took part in The Bris­tol Slap­stick Fes­ti­val, did sev­eral Roy and Deb­bie Hudd chat shows (which, hope­fully we’ll be do­ing at Yours Live later this year) and I recorded the new run of the Ra­dio 4 se­rial, Home Front. I did ra­dio shows with Gra­ham Nor­ton and Ken Bruce, plus dozens of in­ter­views plug­ging the play and on TV Good Morn­ing Bri­tain. This one of course was live in the early morn­ing and I com­plained to Piers Mor­gan that the only rea­son I came into the theatre in the first place was to avoid get­ting up early! I recorded my bits and pieces for Broad­church, did a cou­ple of fundrais­ing events and had a few cups of tea. I started re­hearsals for the play and was cream crack­ered by lunchtime of the first day. My doc­tor, who I swear by – and some­times swear at, es­pe­cially when she in­forms me I’m not 25 any more – (how could she tell?) says I must learn to pace my­self. Not easy when you love so dearly every­thing you’ve been do­ing for the last 59 years. But now I have to. Learn­ing to deal with panic at­tacks and stop­ping anx­i­ety is a good start and I am try­ing with the help of an ar­ti­cle, rec­om­mended by Sharon, from a pre­vi­ous Yours by Lizzy Den­ing and Life Coach Anna Wil­liamson. Sim­ple things such as breath­ing prop­erly, a bit more ex­er­cise and mak­ing time to stand and stare. After just a cou­ple of weeks I’m cop­ing bet­ter and be­gin­ning to see the wood through the trees. I quote one of my favourite bits of ad­vice from the piece… ‘Sched­ule things into your life on a reg­u­lar ba­sis that make you feel good, then stick to them.’ Giv­ing my mis­sus a cud­dle al­ways makes me feel good but I’m not too sure if she’d put up with me stick­ing my­self to her – so I’ll get rid of the su­per­glue! The pres­sure is off and, after a few more weeks of bliss­ful re­lax­ation I as­sure you I’ll be back wal­low­ing in fun and frol­ics again. You have been warned!

‘My doc­tor, who I swear by – and some­times swear at – says I must learn to pace my­self…’

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