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I love the weekends especially when I’ve had an extremely tired week. I’ve been dealing with Hashimoto’s symptoms, an unseen trigger and stress. It seems I just couldn’t stay awake this week but had to keep going plus I’ve been extremely achy.
I’ve been eating all the right foods and not cheating even a little. I’ve even cut any kind of sugar out except for fruit but I’ve cut down on that as well. My supplement schedule has been great and I’ve been getting to bed at a fairly reasonable hour. I’m still tired. That got me wondering what I wasn’t seeing that was a trigger.
Back in art school my friends couldn’t believe how unaware I was at times. For instance I never knew there were gargoyles at the top of the art school building. Something could be right in front of me with a mechanical hand slapping my face and I still would ask where it was. I’m just so in my head sometimes.
So I took a look at my week. At the beginning of the week I got some stressful news that I thought I had dealt with just fine but now I’m thinking maybe not. I’m a take action kinda gal and I feel better tackling problems head on but what I didn’t do was sit back and take time for myself to really relax and get away from the stress. Too much hands on. I also have been having gut problems even though I’ve been eating well so there’s another thing to think about instead of ignore.
Triggers can be tricky and not always straight forward.
Maybe you had a bit of food you are intolerant to or shouldn’t eat and that caused your gut to react which made you feel stressed. Then you got inflammation which made you feel more stressed. Maybe you were stuck in an environment with toxins floating around such as new carpet in your office and that caused an autoimmune reaction which in turn stressed you out. Or it could be a bad tooth which caused an infection, then the multiple sides of stress because it hurts, you have to take off work and it costs a lot to get it fixed, next is the inflammation throughout your body.
You get the idea, it’s kind of like the children’s book “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Nothing is simple with an autoimmune disease.
Eliminating Hashimoto’s triggers is key to our healing.
The list is huge but if you take time to go through the it there’s sure to be an ah ha moment with at least one if not several things.
Gluten, Dairy, Soy or Sugar Sensitivity
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12
Blood Sugar Imbalance
Heavy metals (fluoride)
Really the list goes on but this is a good start.
To sum it up you need to listen to your body. What is it telling you? If you feel overwhelmed start a daily journal. I keep a small one in my purse. Be a researcher and find out through your own data what is making you feel miserable. You make be surprised what you read when looking back at what you’ve written.
Have a relaxing weekend!
I’m going to stay away from anything to do with money. No budgeting or buying anything. We’re going to listen to some music at a festival, swimming with our grandson to stave off the heat, to see a funny movie and going for a quiet walk near the water. I’m absolutely going to eat everything I should and nothing I shouldn’t.
Happy trails and take care!
Links to great information on triggers:
Boost, by Dr. Verdrona Högqvist Tabor
Dr. Izabella Wentz
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Sleep and Hashimoto’s can be a continuous cycle of anxiety. We need to relax to heal but it sometimes becomes stressful trying to get a quality night’s sleep.
We’ve all heard that routine helps. The key is finding one that you enjoy and you can realistically can implement. For me no eating after 8pm, going to bed no later than 10pm (9pm most nights), reading and then meditating right before going to sleep all make a perfect routine.
Not eating after 8pm
This tip that my doctor gave me made a positive difference in my ability to fall asleep deeply more quickly. Lifehacks.org talks about why this may be. If our body is working hard to digest relaxation is not what the goal is.
Going to bed early, close to the same time every night
This is a hard one but it makes a huge difference. Getting a scheduled amount of sleep when you have Hashimoto’s helps so much with how ready you are to get up and get going the next day. My weeks go a lot more smoothly and I’m happier when I can get my full 8-9 hours sleep each night and for some it’s more like 12 hours! Listen to what your body is telling you.
Reading on a device
If you’re going to read do it on your iPhone using Night Shift (in settings). I turn the brightness very low and turn off all lights in the bedroom. Unfortunately there aren’t many apps for iPhone. If you have an android see this article by Nerd’s Magazine for a list of apps. Life Hacker has a small article on why this helps here.
Using a meditation app
If you’re new to meditation using an app can help. I also like the variety. The one I can attest to is Insight Timer. I love it at night but it’s also great when I’m having a day filled with anxiety and I can just find a five-minute meditation.
Storing your devices away from where you sleep
Supplements and essential oils to help
If all else fails or you need a jump-start on sleeping there are some great supplements and essential oils you can try. Magnesium (I get this brand) is the one that worked for me. It works a little too well and makes me tired the next day. By taking only take a quarter of a capsule I sleep well and can still function the next day. It also helps my husband and rarely does anything help him. I find using essential oils helps as well. Dr. Axe has a list of 7 natural sleep aids that really work.
You may feel like you’re skipping out of the day early to get a routine started and get the sleep you need but it’s worth it. You’ll find the quality of your days improving as your routine gets easier and easier to repeat. Relaxing and reducing stress are two of the most important things when you have Hashimoto’s, sleep is the best place to start.
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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!
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