Suzanne Shaw thought she was having a stroke – but was actually suffering from burnout.
The former Hear’Say star-turned health guru quit drinking, switched to a plant-based diet and took up meditation to improve her mental wellbeing after years of being on anti-depressants, and she has opened up about how a health scare earlier this year led her to take one day a week off from work to stop herself from suffering a breakdown.
She told Closer UK: “Since January I’ve been non-stop.
“I’ve been working day and night!
“I enjoy everything so much; I didn’t realise I was taking on too much and my brain began to feel very full.
“One night I was brushing my teeth, when I realised the toothpaste was falling out of my mouth.
“When I looked in the mirror, it looked like my face had dropped slightly – if I smiled, I couldn’t hold my lip up.”
The 41-year-old star – who launched ‘The Happy Healthy Club’ wellbeing community on the web – admits that if she hadn’t slowed down her hectic working schedule, she could have ended up seriously ill.
The mother-of-two – who has Corey, 17, with ex-boyfriend Darren Day, and Rafferty, six, with fiancé Sam Greenfield – added: “I felt so scared, and shocked, because I am so health conscious.
“Thankfully nothing sinister showed up, but I think it was my body’s way of telling me to stop, or I’d make myself seriously ill.
“So, I cleared out my diary for a while and now I take one proper day off a week to spend time with the family.
“I’m feeling so much better, but it’s a real lesson.”