Stress can do terrible things to our bodies, but it’s hard to live your life without any stress at all. You’ve got bills, a job, obligations, and responsibilities. For your thyroid’s sake, you need to find a way to take a break, slow down, calm down, breath, or whatever you need to do to reduce the stress.
I used to be so stressed out all the time. I could literally feel the stress in my body, then when I would get home from work, I could feel my muscles release and I was exhausted from being stressed out all day.
I started reading about stress and realized I was causing tons of damage to my thyroid and my adrenals by being stressed out.
Find Ways to Calm the Heck Down
What calms you down?
For me, yoga, stretching, and warm baths do the trick. Sometimes it’s a long walk, sometimes it’s a nap, sometimes it’s spending the day in my pjs, sometimes it’s meditation, and sometimes it’s writing in this blog. Whatever works for you. Just find a way to reduce the stress.
If your job stresses you out, can you find one that is lower stress? I used to work in a big corporation and the aggressive sales tactics were very stressful to me. I felt like a number instead of a person. It was soul crushing. I ended up leaving that job and moving to a job on the private side of the same industry. It’s a lot slower pace, so I can take my time and do things right. I realized that being able to do a great job because I have the time to do it right really reduces my stress levels.
I took some major steps to reduce my stress after that. I still have more than I would like, which is one of the reasons I have this blog. Blogging about this helps me to decompress and the thought of maybe helping someone who reads this really helps me relax.
Yoga Is a Great Place To Start
If you don’t know where to start, then start with Youtube videos of yoga for stress.
Yoga can be meditative, and if you have any kind of thyroid condition, then you likely have muscle soreness. The gentle nature of yoga is like no other exercise. I try to get to a yoga class once a week and wish I could do more. It releases the muscle tension and tightness like no other exercise I have found.
Hot Tubs are a Dream Come True
There is some research saying that chlorine is really bad for people with thyroid issues. I believe this is true, but anytime I get into a hot tub, it gives me relief from muscle soreness like not even yoga can. Anytime I get a chance to get into a hot tub, I do. I’m always so incredibly relaxed after a few minutes in a hot tub and I sleep like a baby.
Go Out and Try Something
Go test out some different things. Or if there is something you love doing, give yourself permission to do it without worrying about what anyone thinks or what else you should be doing.
Here are some ideas:
- Crochet or knitting
- Get a cat or dog
- Go for a walk
- Talk to a friend
- Take a bath
- Go do a workout
- Do something repetitive
- Go paint
- Go hang out in nature
- Find some water and just go listen to the waves
- Listen to some music you love
There’s literally a million things you can do. My husband paints miniatures to relax. Get creative and have fun with it. It will change your life!
Just Keep Trying
Keep trying to figure out what does it for you. Don’t give up on yourself. Sometimes crocheting works for a while, then it stops working so I have to move on to something else. Reducing stress should be a priority for you.
Reducing stress can have a significant impact on your thyroid health. It’s worth every bit of energy you put into it. Keep trying until you figure it out. You are worth it.