THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON HYPOTHYROIDISM

4331097922_7694d187e8_zThe average person faces stressful situations several times a day. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, stress can aggravate the symptoms.

 

When facing stressful situations, the body produces cortisol. It is one of the hormones produced in the adrenal gland and is necessary to handle long-term stress. When you constantly face stressful events, the effects of the stress will begin to show on your body.

The thyroid gland is one of the glands in the endocrine system. When one part of this system is affected, the imbalance in the system causes the other parts begin to fall like dominoes. This causes symptoms and onset of diseases or illnesses.

Our body requires us to manage our stress so we can have proper body to function. Stress affects everyone differently. Studies have shown a correlation between low thyroid function and low adrenal function. The symptoms are similar and the effects of stress are also the same.

Can you eliminate stress from your life? Of course you can’t. You do need to try to treat hypothyroidism by fighting stress and getting your body in proper balance and working order. This should be your number one goal whatever it is you have to do.

You may have to make major lifestyle changes to reduce stressors that cause you physical, emotional, or psychological problems. If that is the case, then you must do it. You only have one life. If you want to keep it, here are a few ways to reduce stress

  • Listen to music—Often playing calm music can affect the brain by lowering blood pressure, and reducing cortisol which has been linked to stress.
  • Call a friend—When you feel overstressed, take a break to call a friend and talk about your problems. This can help you put everything in perspective.
  • Eat Right—Proper diet is closely related to your stress levels. With hectic lifestyles, we often forget to eat well. Avoid vending machines and plan your diet ahead including fruits and vegetables and fish with omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Laugh It Off—They say laughter is the best medicine for a reason. It releases endorphins that improve your mood and decrease stress levels.
  • Exercise –You don’t have to make a trip to your local gym. Simply taking a short walk around the office or the block can help. Often, even stretching can help relieve stress.
  • Sleep Better—Stress can cause you to lose sleep, but it also works in reverse. It can become a vicious cycle that can cause your body and brain to get out of sync. Try to get the recommended seven to eight hours each night.

There are many other stress relievers you can try until you find what works best for you. Hypothyroidism can make you feel bad enough. Controlling your stress, however, may have a positive effect on how you fee.