The past few months, my health has been very up and down, with a lot more downs that ups!
I’ve caught numerous colds and viruses going round throughout the winter, as well as having three ear infections, then reacting badly to the antibiotics and gaining six pounds in the last two months alone, so I’ve been feeling pretty rubbish. My mental health has been struggling and my physical health has been extremely poor in the morning in particular. It’s been quite the struggle.
So, I decided I needed to implement some key things to get my health back on track. These included trying to think more positively again, and thinking about how far I’ve already come, when I feel like I can’t bear to go on, as well as cleaning up my diet, getting back in to a good bedtime routine, making time to do self-care activities and eliminating as many stressors as possible. I also made a board to encourage thinking positively and staying motivated, which sits by my bed, so it’s the first thing I see in the morning.
It includes the self kindness declaration I received in my Buddy Box last month, which I love.
As well as a cute kitten (who doesn’t find kittens de-stressing?) and ‘hugs’ because, again, who doesn’t like hugs?
I also included a cute post card my best friend gave me for my birthday last year, which reminds me that I have support around me. Plus, it’s funny.
Just making this board reminded me of how much I love crafty things and projects, and helped me feel de-stressed.
And I found this cute note in my lunch bag at work, the other week, which I’ll probably add to it. I am so thankful for my wonderful other half.
So you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been writing as many informative blogs and articles lately, but been focusing more on how I’m doing, what I’ve been up to and venting some common frustrations of hypothyroid patients, instead. But when my health starts to improve, as it already is doing a little bit, I will get back on track with writing more informative articles. They take more time as I do a lot of research and source referencing when putting them together.
I’ve already picked up a thyroid book for the first time in months, again, so I’m getting there.
Here’s to a healthier, happier me. Stay tuned.
Please remember that if you’re a thyroid patient living with poor mental health or lingering physical symptoms, that you don’t have to live this way. To address why you may still be feeling unwell (often despite being on thyroid medication too), please see this article and go through each suggestion, putting your thyroid jigsaw back together.
Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018, and is a qualified Diet and Nutritional Advisor, also currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Motivational Speaking, Reflexology and more. She has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.