This past week, I had the choice between stressfully making a home-cooked meal last minute and effortlessly picking up Thai takeout on the way home. I choice the latter.
While I am ALL for whole food, home-prepared meals, sometimes the stress factor trumps everything else!
Both the thyroid and the adrenals (responsible for a large part of energy and stress response) are located on the endocrine system. We cannot address thyroid health without addressing the adrenals.
Managing stress is the way to do that.
We can't always avoid stressful situations, but we CAN train ourselves to cope and reduce the harmful effects that it has on our health.
HERE ARE MY TOP 3 (MOSTLY FREE) STRESS MANAGEMENT IDEAS:
1. DON'T OVER-EXERCISE!
Since thyroid function regulates metabolism, many thyroid patients experience this scenario:
They go to the doctor and are told they need to lose weight. So, they do the things they are told will help them lose weight: portion control and exercise.
And if the weight doesn't come off, then they exercise harder!
The truth is that hard exercise can actually become a stressor to thyroid function, causing it shut down even more, continuing the cycle of metabolism malfuncion and weight gain.
Exercise is vitally important for a healthy body, but you need to approach it with balance. Try bringing in gentler forms of exercise into your routine rather than focusing just on those intense "calorie burning" sessions.
2. FORTIFY WITH B-VITAMINS
This is probably the quickest way I have personally experienced stress relief!
B-Vitamins are water (not fat) soluble, meaning we easily excrete them from our bodies instead of storing them. Stressful situations can snatch up our B-vitamin stores, causing our nervous system to get even more out of whack.
You have two options for getting more B-Vitamins into your life:
1. Take a quality B-Complex Supplement
2. Increase intake of B-Vitamin Rich Foods (start here!) Some options include:
-Dark Leafy Greans
3. TRICK YOUR BODY WITH DEEP BREATHING
Marc David, The founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating says it so well:
"When you breath deeply, it's like your body is saying, ' I'm in the middle of a stressful situation, but I'm BREATHING like a relaxed person. I must be relaxed!"
I love that no matter where I am or what is going on, I always have access to deep breathing which slows the stress response and calms my nervous system.
Try taking 3 deep breaths the next time you are in rush hour traffic or when you feel like you are drowning under a pile of stressful tasks! This will do wonders for speeding up the healing of your thyroid.
GIVE SOME OF THESE A SHOT THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE FEELING STRESSED, AND START EXPERIENCING THE HEALING BENEFITS OF A CALM NERVOUS SYSTEM!
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