Fatigue from hypothyroidism is like fatigue you have never felt before! Couple it with an adrenal disorder as well, much like adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency and you have moved into a realm of little comprehension. At times, you may feel like you will never regain your energy and that you just may not make it through the day. Never fear! After dealing with immense exhaustion for over 2 years, I have learned a thing or two about simple little tricks that help you deal with hypothyroid fatigue and even the fatigue that comes along with adrenal insufficiency.
Here are 5 of my tricks for dealing with fatigue from hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue and adrenal insufficiency:
- Create and Use a To-Do List.
This may sound like a simple task, but actually writing down the items that are swirling around in your head and need to be done can help calm any anxieties and actually help you accomplish tasks faster, thus using less energy. Not only do I suggest writing down your tasks, but I write down menial, monotonous things as well, like when to pick up my son from Preschool or what we are having for dinner that evening. It sets my mind at ease and helps me plan my day. (My memory is also shot, so this helps me avoid forgetting to do something that is critical in my day.)
- Take 2-3 Minutes of Your Day to Just Breathe.
Breathe, you say? I do that all day long! Well… yes, you do, but do you really take long, thoughtful breaths. Take a few moments out of your day, even if you have to lock yourself in your closet, and take some long, thoughtful breaths. Focus on filling your lungs with air as you breathe in and emptying your lungs as you breathe out.
- Get up and Move!
I’m not talking about exercise, but I am talking about just being active. Watching reruns of your favorite television show or a having a movie marathon on a rainy day may sound like the best way to relax, but how often do you actually feel better after a lazy day? For me, it just makes me more tired. Forcing yourself to get up and walk around the block, do a few cleaning tasks around your home or even just go grocery shopping can do wonders for your energy level and even your attitude.
- Surround Yourself with Positive People.
Drama does nobody good! Periods of drama in my life have actually sent me into an autoimmune attack that took months to overcome. The emotional and physical stress just isn’t worth it! Of course, you will have a normal amount of drama, but identifying the source of the drama and either eliminating those people from your life or simply distancing yourself from the issues/people will help you have more energy for other aspects of your life.
- Go to Sleep On Time. Even Better, Go to Sleep 10-15 Minutes Earlier Thank Your Normal Bed Time.
This is hard for me, but it does help. I often stay up until midnight or even 2 AM finishing websites or creating content and I pay for it the next day and even the next week. Set a bedtime for yourself. Perhaps it’s 10:30 PM… perhaps it is earlier or later. Whatever time you set, try to go bed at that time or before so that you get the rest your body craves. Have a young child that likes to wake up in the middle of the night and offset your sleeping pattern? Try going to bed when they do – it may be inconvenient, but it’s more inconvenient not to feel your best day after day.