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Month: June 2017
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Take Time For Yourself and relax!
Take time to relax. This is something we tend to not prioritize and it should be top priority. Especially because stress can be a trigger for Hashimoto’s.
I’ve been focusing on relaxing these last few weeks. I read three books last weekend and relaxed with friends at the dragon boat races. This weekend I’m spending time with my grandson looking at bugs at the library (free event with some awesome live creatures) I hope I don’t freak out, that would be counterproductive. Next on the list is a huge garage sale that is held yearly which is fun because the houses are gorgeous, the neighborhood is old and I like to stare. It’s acceptable to do that at a garage sale. Then we are swimming on this 99 degree day. To top it all off I am finding writing this blog relaxing as well.
We try to find free events around the city. We go to street fairs, art walks, free concerts, movies in the park, river events and city events. The first year we tried this we were amazed at how many events there actually were. We caught Portugal. The man at a free concert in the park just because we were looking that day. It’s fun to look for free events and it’s stress free when you save money.
Do some research in your community and find those free events. We live in a city now but we have lived in very small towns and have been able to find free or low-cost events so it’s doable no matter where you live. Sometimes it’s just as simple as an easy hike or a picnic. Once you find your resources and get those ideas rolling you may have so many choices you’ll have a hard time deciding.
So here’s to your weekend. I hope it’s beautiful and relaxing. Make time!
See also: Hashimoto’s and Reducing Stress
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Hello and Happy Wednesday!
I had a total and complete relapse this week and I started on vitamin D3 with K2 to see if it helps. I also got a new doctor that I can’t see until August 11th. The vitamin D is helping already, no sweating and a perfect night’s sleep last night. We’ll see if it keeps helping. My hopes were all in for LDN as far as it making me feel better so I could function and deal with the root cause of this beast. Well it stopped working all of a sudden. I’m still on it but searching for relief elsewhere.
I’ve been wanting to do a post on Apps that help with this thing we live with. Apps for Hashimoto’s can help reduce stress when shopping, going to restaurants or tracking our symptoms. I also use a meditation app that has been invaluable. Most of the apps I have found are free but for the ones that have a small cost they are worth it if you find a good one.
There is so much advice out there and it gets confusing because you know everyone is different and responds differently to treatment. Most of the time you can only try things out to see if they work for you and how well they work. Apps on the other hand put things in order and help reduce confusion on a pretty basic level. If you consistently use them and enter info in the tracking apps they can be invaluable especially in the beginning of your journey and when traveling.
Get yourself some Hashimoto Apps:
Boost Health: Hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s App “With Boost Health you can record your underactive thyroid symptoms, log your lifestyle, such as diet and physical activity; as well as your thyroid blood tests, such as TSH, fT3, fT4, rT3, TPO and TG antibodies. You can set reminders to take medication on time and get the latest peer-reviewed scientific information on the thyroid, hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.”
ipiit for food sensitivity and allergens when shopping (free)
Find Me Gluten Free for finding restaurants (free)
Insight timer for meditation (free)
mySymptoms food Diary & symptom tracker
Here is a noteworthy app, Autoimmunie Citizen Science being developed by Vivek Mandan this could become an excellent resource app!
For more apps see Thyroidlovingcare
We need to relax and take time to enjoy company, food, family, our pets, art, music, time alone, meditating, reading a good book or whatever it is that helps you recharge. Hashimoto’s makes it hard for you to even begin to relax. Think of that feeling of truly relaxing, how long has it been since you have felt fully relaxed? How long since you were able to even start to relax? The kind of relaxed where everything around you feels wonderful and it’s almost impossible for someone else to shatter your sense of well-being. If you have Hashimoto’s reducing stress with acupuncture is something you may consider adding to your routine.
No matter how hard I try there are times I get worked up and full of anxiety. There are days I struggle with thinking straight, making well thought decisions, not feeling rushed and taking time to relax. These types of days are getting fewer and far between. One of the things that has helped me reduce stress is acupuncture. I can walk into my acupuncturist’s office a completely high-strung mess and walk out of that office an hour later feeling so relaxed I can barely drive myself home.
The effect of acupuncture will last for days and the benefits are long-term. It helps with so much more than just relaxing, it starts the process of teaching your body how to de stress and teaches it how to heal. With Hashimoto’s your body has learned to react in unhealthy stressful ways. Acupuncture helps your body find the path it was meant to take, a more natural less stressful path.
I never thought I’d see an acupuncturist because it sounded awful getting needles put into your skin. It is so not what I imagined. I need to be told when the needles are in or out most of the time. It’s incredibly non-evasive. Reducing stress with acupuncture works and I’m certain it will help in your journey living with Hashimoto’s.
Kiss Hashimoto’s Goodbye;
Natural endocrine solutions cited article;
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