As we go through life, we come across many situational stressors that may take a bigger toll on our health than we think! However, it is all about the coping mechanisms.
How does stress impact the thyroid gland?
Our thyroid gland has a big umbrella of metabolic functions; one of its jobs is to create energy for your body. Our thyroid works closely with the adrenal glands, which releases a stress hormone called cortisol that may interfere with many other functions. When we go through a prolonged period of stress, our body is not set up to combat that because we are meant to deal with small amounts at a time. Hence, too much cortisol will result in the interference of thyroid hormone production.
Listed below are great ways to get a handle on your stresses!
Stress Reduction Tips in association with Hashimotos Disease:
- Avoid inflammatory foods: nightshades, gluten, dairy
- Increase water intake
- Intake adequate protein
- Eat plenty of dark leafy greens
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol
- Keep a check on your sugar intake
- Aim for a good ample amount of sleep (7-8 hours)
- Avoid any screen time an hour before bedtime, try to charge your phone or electronics outside the bedroom
- May invest in dark black curtains to provide complete darkness
3. Practice breathing techniques daily for 5 minutes:
- Find a comfortable and quiet place
- Place feet slightly apart with one hand over your abdomen area near the navel and the other hand over your chest
- Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
- Concentrate on the breathing
- Inhale slowly while counting to four, make sure to not move your chest or shoulders
- Keep repeating until in full relaxation state
4. Time Management
- Set priorities- have a day goal of what is the most important task for you to focus on instead of multiple
- Organize your day- create a definite plan for the day on the basis of your priorities
- Tackle tough jobs first- handle the most important task first as your energy is still high
- Avoid putting things off- plan ahead to avoid last minute stressful deadlines
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