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Cleaning the Emotional Bathroom of Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

 

stressedlady1I have a confession to make; I was a life time worrier. When it comes to worrying there was no other person in the world that can do that job better than me. I could worry pretty much about anything and any time, day or night. I guess I inherited this precious character trait from my mom who still likes to worry about everything.

 Anxiety has been my dear companion all my life, but that’s a personal trait that will never go completely away and I am very aware of that fact.

But when I was sick with Graves’ disease some 10 years ago, anxiety and negative emotions just bloomed like a flower, watered with care every day during summer. See what I am talking about? Along with the anxiety other “nice” emotions will show their ugly faces: I’ll also feel angry (1), resentful (2), annoyed (3), irritated (4), bitter (5) upset (6) or (7) all of the above, to the point where I get pissed off of myself.  Then my “monkey mind” decides to start feeling sorry for itself and just for a change, the self-pity, pessimism and guilt will come along. Which will be replaced, sooner or later, again, by obsessive worrying, irritability, crying and sassing, snapping people  with words, blaming,  and not always in that particular ugly order. You can safely add to this list emotional liablity, nervousness, irritability and you can get a pretty nice picture of Graves’ disease condition. Not that I didn’t have any positive emotions, but they would manifest so rare that I don’t even remember them.

How fun this was? You may ask my friends and family members back then when I was sick with Graves’ Disease…. And I am pretty sure that you have experienced some of these emotions (if not all)  at least once, if not on a regular basis, if you have Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism. Have you?

And yes, it’s Graves’ disease and all thyroid hormones to blame for these emotions to a very big extend. We ask family members and friends to understand; we write heartbreaking letters to them and seek for the right words, hoping that they’ll somehow comprehend what is going on with us and that we are the victims of our own bodies. And they may, or may not. They’ll try to be compassionate and empathetic but they’ll still want this Mary, David, Christina, Alexandra etc. (insert your name here) they knew from before Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. They do not want the “insane” person we’ve become, but the previous, precious, version of you, not the “downgrade”.

So, how do I keep all these emotions under control? Emotions feed your thoughts and thoughts feed your emotions. That’s a never ending circle and you can either chose different emotions or different thoughts to break that vicious circle.

I want to share 4 simple tips how you can deal successfully with the negative emotions, associated with Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism. 

5 tips to deal with  your negative Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism emotions

And as always, if you have your own strategies, please share them here on this blog. You can not believe how many people this will help!

Voluntarily Simplicity for Graves’ Disease

If someone asks me what was the most successful approach in my healing process in 2 words- I would definitely say “voluntarily simplicity”. That was the single one thing that had the most impact in curing my  Graves’ Disease. Well, of course there were other alternative methods involved like diet, supplements, herbs, yoga, aromatherapy, etc. – but that simplicity played the biggest role  ever.. How, you may ask?

Simplicity is not about misery, or frugality, or being thrifty. It’s about discovering the important between many unimportant things.

Back in 2003 I gave up a lot of things that weren’t “so necessary”, including, but not limited to the material stuff. That also means that I accepted to live with a smaller income- and much less stress. That was the key for my healing, and living without stress and no alarm clock has no price tag, ever.

I also meant getting out of debt, and that’s possible too. I’ve lived years with and without debt, I can appreciate the difference. Today, if I can’t afford to buy something right there, I don’t buy it. That gives me a huge peace of mind.

Simplicity is applied in all aspects of our lives, not just part of it.  The simpler, the better, that’s my motto. I am not saying that you should live ascetic life, or in poverty, neither did I. It’s a voluntary lifestyle choice. I am mostly talking about reducing possessions that we don’t need, being stuck in the wanting mode, the never satisfied hunger for material things, the wow- entertainment, the mindless action, increasing the quality of life versus quantity of activities, it’s about learning to slow down and smell the roses.

It’s also about simple diet, simple life.  When I look at a cook book and see these “page long recipes”, I just close the book. It will take me days to getter all the ingredients, not to mention the hours spent in the kitchen. I try to eat simple things, and I did not died of hunger last 9 years. A boiled egg, a sliced tomato with salt, a piece of homemade bread with butter.  Finally, “we are what we eat”.

It’s also about sorting out your life– what is important and what is not, re-arranging your priorities, saying “no” many times, to many things and to many people. The more I say “no”, the more I see how many more “no’s” I should’ve said.  

I forget multitasking. If you are doing two or more things at once, you’re not doing either of them. Or you are just poorly doing them with a lot of frustration and stress as well. I know, too many things to do, no time at all. That’s the moment when you drop things out of your “to do list”. This is crucial for healing Graves’ disease. Try to juggle 5 balls, no try 2 balls….what’s easier?

It means also de-cluttering. Throwing away. Discovering “enough” for you. Valuing “the ordinary”. Going to a few places in one day, rather than more. Watching less, so you can see more.  Carrying less, so you can  climb more. Talking less, so you can hear more.  Assuming less, so you can succeed more. Competing less, so you can excel more. Paying attention.

There is no “one way to do simple living right”. Simplicity has many faces, these are just some of them. You find yours and stick with them. Or experiment.

Bon Voyage.

Svetla

http://www.GravesDiseaseCure.com

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