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I’m not feeling up to it today. By ‘it’, I mean ‘life‘.
I struggled to get out of bed, feeling horrendously tired, again, as I felt this huge weight weighing down on my chest. It’s hard to explain the pure fatigue endocrine issues give you, unless you experience it firsthand. It’s easy to see why it causes low motivation and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety too.
I didn’t want to be at work today. I felt fuzzy headed and like I was dragging a dead weight around. I struggled to function properly. It was real hard work to stay conscious.
At the moment, I feel constantly stressed. It’s a constant battle to try not to be stressed. It’s like a catch-22.
‘Stressed’ is my default mood right now and trying not to be stressed kind of causes more stress. Even subconsciously. I can’t explain it well.
I’m worst in the mornings, where every little thing feels like it’s going to topple me over. I tell myself it’s fine, it doesn’t matter, don’t get stressed, but the effort I’m putting in to not get stressed and remembering to try and stay calm, in effect, makes me feel more tired and stressed. It’s mentally and and physically draining and time consuming. It’s a vicious cycle.
I feel like my stress is from my persistent high cortisol (adrenal fatigue), which I’ve already told you about, but also the irregular periods, suspected oestrogen dominance and my ongoing battle trying to get to the bottom of that. Dealing with the acne is also pretty stressful and upsetting at times.
I feel drained, fed up and demotivated. This thyroid journey is long and tiring.
I’m also experiencing a funny stomach at the moment, and I’m not sure why. I think it’s my gut health.
I started magnesium glycinate today, too, which I’ll be taking at night. The magnesium malate seems to be helping, but Thyroid UK mentioned in their most recent magazine that glycinate is the more easily absorbed and good for endocrine health. So I’m switching to that to see if it makes any further improvements.
I’m going to look into meditation and de-stressing tips as well.
What else do you recommend for coping with the stress of trying to get my thyroid health back on track?
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The book Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, which builds on this article in detail as it tells the story of how I reclaimed my thyroid health and got over the worst times in my health, including when I originally penned this blog post.
We can get better and thrive with thyroid disease.
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and award-winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, blogger, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. She has two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received eight 2020 WEGO Health Award Nominations.