Mental Health Importance and Your Thyroid
Mental health is so important, but yet, many of us ignore it. We often focus on being physically fit, drinking as many green shakes that we can find and doing meditation that either causes our minds to race a mile a minute or we fall asleep (I just raised my hand at the last one). Have you ever thought about the connection between your thyroid health and your mental health?
Think about it. What Happens When Things Get Difficult?
When you’re stressed, do you notice that you start to forget things more often or your joints starts to bother you? I continued to try to take care of myself by eating well and exercising, but there’s only so much that you can do before your body exclaims “System Overload”!
When I’m stressed, my body shuts down, without warning. My joints hurt, I can’t remember anything, and my alarm clock doesn’t exist. I become incredibly short tempered and moody. I don’t interact much with others because I don’t want to do or say anything that I don’t mean.
Anxiety and Depression
I was so anxious and depressed. I just couldn’t understand what was going on and my body just wouldn’t cooperate. I decided that I needed to make a change. I couldn’t continue to experience what I was going through. I decided to go back to therapy. My mental health had to become a priority in my life.
Therapy Changes Things
I am no stranger to therapy. It has been a saving grace to me for quite some time. I started going to therapy when I was about seven years old. As I got older, I understood how valuable a great therapist is.
I have been able to work through some really difficult times, but most importantly, my therapist and I were able to focus on ways to help me take care of myself. I meditate, I pray, I journal and I talk to my loved ones/friends. I will even color from time to time and I am known as the person that has coloring books all over the place.
Self Care is Not Selfish
I have come to realize that my thyroid and mental health are tied to my self care. Do things that make you happy. When you feel good, your immune system sends you a big thank you and your symptoms are reduced.
Here is my Saturday routine to give you an example:
- I wake up whenever I want.
- I take my meds and I will get a cup of tea (no milk, cream or sugar) and will go for a walk. This walk is at a very slow pace because I haven’t eaten yet and I don’t want to get sick due to my blood sugar dropping (I have hypoglycemia and have often pushed myself too hard too fast).
- I come home and eat breakfast and watch my favorite television channel, Food Network (cue the Pioneer Woman’s theme song)!
- I do work, whether it’s writing/coming up with content or doing work for my 9-5. Typically I do more of my own stuff on the weekend as it gives me that balance.
- I plan out meals for the week. Sometimes I go grocery shopping on early Saturday morning or Sunday. I usually will cook (two to three hours max) for meal prep for the week.
- Walk #2!
- I take a nap or do more content development or I watch a movie.
- Walk #3!
- I cozy up to a warm cup of tea or read a book before bed.
I go with the flow on the weekend. I enjoy being outside and being in touch with nature. I have developed this routine as a result of talking with my therapist. Notice that I don’t have times associated with my day.
Think about it…what things are you struggling with in terms of your thyroid disease? Are you noticing that you’re more sad lately?
If you’re on the fence about therapy, click here to obtain more information about what to look for in a therapist.
Don’t be afraid to try it out! What do you have to lose? Also, tune into to the podcast episode here I talk more about the importance of mental health:
Good day #thywarriors!