I Tried a Wake-Up Light to See If It Helped Me with Fatigue on Early Mornings

Since having thyroid and adrenal problems, I’ve found mornings to be the hardest time of day by far. They’re indescribably difficult, although they never used to be, pre-chronic illness days. I was one of those weird kids (and teenagers) who woke up early on weekends and jumped out of bed with energy. I could get going early in the morning without much of an issue, but these days, I wake up feeling low in mood, groggy, foggy-headed, nauseas and generally just bleh. 

So for a while now, I’ve wanted to try a ‘wake-up lamp’ to see if it helps with this. What the hell is a wake-up lamp? you ask. Well.

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General Update #20

It’s been over four months since I last checked in with you on how I’ve been doing with my thyroid health, adrenal health, sex hormones and even mental health, so this one is going to a bit of a long one.

Sorry! So much has happened! Continue reading “General Update #20”

I Was Interviewed by the BBC About Gigi Hadid but Here’s What We Need to Remember

Today has been a bit manic; waking up late morning due to my current Hashimoto’s flare up, I answered a call from the BBC, wanting to interview me on living with Hashimoto’s. Last night, model Gigi Hadid responded to negative comments concerning her weight fluctuations, which she explained are due to her thyroid condition, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (and I’m assuming hypothyroidism). 

 

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Leaky Gut, Candida and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism

As well as getting the correct type of thyroid medication for you and the optimal dosage, it’s also important to address other factors that can be contributing to you feeling unwell. Even on thyroid medication and at an optimal dosage.

I thought for a long while that once I reached my optimal dosage on NDT, with lab results to match, that I would return to the level of health and fitness that I had before. But, I didn’t. Even with optimal levels, I still had ongoing fatigue, poor stamina, cystic acne, irregular periods etc. which suggested that I needed to look at other issues and imbalances within my body.  

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My Trip to Frankfurt

Last month, I went to Frankfurt for four days to visit the famous Christmas Market. It was a trip I’d wanted to do for a few years – hearing great things about the huge festivities they have there. But with my health, and especially how I’d done on the holiday to Morocco in the summer, I was understandably a bit concerned about how I’d do on this trip, especially as it was going to be cold and on the warmer holiday, I still experienced ill health.

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Beginning a Journey To Body Positivity

I’m ready to begin my journey of body posivity. For a while now, I’ve been following an Instragammer called @BodyPosiPanda who inspires me to make peace with my body, rather than waste any more  of my time and energy pulling it apart in the mirror every day. 

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When I’ve Had to Be Selfish for My Health Conditions

I’m not a selfish person naturally. Not in any way at all. But since going through the motions of being diagnosed with various things such as hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety disorder and adrenal dysfunction, I’ve had to learn to do more things for me. I’ve had to become more selfish, in order to gain some of my life back and manage my health conditions better.

But being selfish is generally seen as a bad trait to have, with Google’s definition even suggesting this:

adjective
lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.

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Getting Housework Done with Hypothyroidism

I’ve always been a tidy, organised person. It’s just who I am. I keep a diary of mine and my fiance’s plans, meetings and reminders and my life is as organised as it can be. This is also reflected in my home and again, always has been. Whilst most twelve year olds were dancing around their room to the latest tune from their favourite band, I was cleaning my room. I was reorganising my already organised room and whizzing round the wooden flooring with baby wipes. I was a strange child. I’ll give you that.

The point is, I’ve always been happy in a clean and tidy environment and I take pride and comfort in such an environment. I feel most relaxed and accomplished in one. My anxiety disorder is calmed when in a clean and tidy room and it never took up much of my time.

But when hypothyroidism struck, this changed my ability to keep it up.  Continue reading “Getting Housework Done with Hypothyroidism”

General Update #19

It’s been almost three months since my last general update but it feels like just a month in my time. It’s been a very up and down time indeed. 

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I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work

Prior to my decline in health due to the development of autoimmune hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), I was top of my class or among the top in every school class, year on year. I did well at school and college and I had a thirst for learning whatever I could. I enjoyed learning. Continue reading “I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work”