The below tips have been curated from my own experience and other thyroid patients, to hopefully help you, too.
- As off-putting as it may sound, try to keep yourself busy and even mildly active, you should find that you feel better than staying sedentary all day, even though it’s tempting to do so, due to how rubbish you likely feel. You could try walking to the end of the street and back a few times, or tidying the house. Obviously, don’t push yourself and take it at your own pace.
- Hot water with half a lemon’s juice squeezed in is a good pick me up and hydrating. It can also help constipation. Lemon and ginger tea is also a good pick me up. Lemon infused water or any fruit infused water helps keep us hydrated. herbal tea is also good.
- Decaf herbal tea is better for your thyroid than normal tea, due to the caffeine.
- Bubble baths help soothe aches, pains and fatigue (just make sure to not fall sleep in them!) They’re also good for sweating out toxins.
- Massages by your other half or a treat at a spa are great for our achey muscles, too.
- Liquid ibuprofen capsules can be more effective for aches and pains than standard ibuprofen tablets or paracetamol.
- Keep a list of what you have achieved each day/week/month, rather than a to-do list, that at the end of the day might suggest you failed.
- Remember that not everything is down to your poor thyroid gland. You can still have other health conditions, catch bugs and colds, and have underlying conditions, so explore these, as well as any links to your thyroid function.
- Red Tiger Balm, available from pharmacies and supermarkets, is great for soothing pain. I used to use it on my head for hormonal migraines.
- An electric blanket can be a godsend when you’re cold.
- Animals and pets are proven to lower stress levels. If you don’t have a pet, maybe visit a friend or family member who does, more often and see if it helps. Offer to look after their pets for them. You could also visit a zoo, sanctuary, rescue centre, cat cafe etc. (Yes, cat cafes do exist!)
- Make sure you’re on the right medication for you. Ensure that your test results read right.
- Check for any vitamin deficiencies and maybe try some supplements.
- Try to keep up a social life as much as possible. Hypothyroidism can make it difficult, but try to check in with friends and family at least once a week. It does us good to have regular social interaction.
- Join online forums and support groups
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