Ways to Avoid Stress and Improve Thyroid Symptoms


Stress can really do bad things to your adrenals and your thyroid gland. Obviously, the precise measurement or even definition of stress can be hard to conclude. There are those that blossom on busy lifestyles and those who get all stressed by even a minor change in their daily routine. Most people lie somewhere in the middle. How do you know if you’re stressed? Here are a few indicators:

• Worries keep you from sleeping at night sleep
• You become irritable or impatient over minor problems
• Difficulty concentrating
• Smoke/drink more than you usually do
• Difficulty relaxing
• Frequent headaches
• Neck and shoulder muscle tension

Sometimes stress happens instantly and other times it builds over time. Since stress does play a role in hypothyroidism, it is necessary for people suffering from it to be able to avoid stress. Here are a few tips to help you avoid and cope with your stress:

• Learn what things stress you out—You can possibly begin with a diary over a few weeks of time. Prepare a list of the times, places, and people that seem to increase your stress levels. Look for patterns such as traffic, waiting in lines, certain people’s behaviors, etc. Once you know what they are, you may find talking it out helps. You may also want to do a relaxation method in this article to prevent or reduce the stress.

• Relaxation Techniques—These can include either or both techniques below or one you find on your own to cope with stressful situations:

1. Take long, deep, slow breaths—Remember to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
2. Muscular tense and release method—You can try things such as twisting your neck around each way as far as it is comfortable for you and then relaxing, or fully tense your shoulders and back muscles for several seconds and then relax them. Sometimes forcing yourself to tense and release will actually relieve the tension.

• Make time for relaxation—Relaxation doesn’t usually just happen…you make it happen! You need to plan it. It may be a long, hot bath, listening to music, or even taking a short walk. You can try meditation or exercising. Relaxation CD’s or DVD’s are also available to help you. These times can be used to clear your head and reflect. It help keeps your life in perspective.

• Take a “time out” when you need one—Everyone needs a break once in a while. When you’re at work, actually eat lunch. Don’t just grab a bite while working. You may need to shorten the break due to work schedule, but a few minutes can make all the difference.

• Make sure to exercise regularly—It will do more than keep you fit, it can reduce stress levels. Just a few minutes a day such as taking a brisk walk can help.

• Begin doing a new hobby—Select one that has no deadlines, pressures, or stressors. They can be picked up when you need them and you can leave them easily. They help you get your mind off of what is stressing you out.

Stress can interfere with your body reaching optimal thyroid health. There are many other ways to reduce your stress, but these should give you an idea where to start.