There’s nothing like the Holiday season to give good cheer, warm receptions and a whole lotta stress.
For women with a low-functioning thyroid this time of year can be particularly tricky.
Between colder temps and erratic schedules the holidays can put a damper on the thyroid
and leave us feeling a bit wiped out and exceedingly exhausted.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland found just below the Adam’s apple.
Just like a butterfly- it’s a sensitive one. The thyroid is sensitive to both internal and external stresses.
And, hypothyroid ladies tend be delicate ones- sensitive to the changes of the season,
to different foods and to over-doing.
Here’s 6 tips to get your through the holidays and well into the New Year:
1. Eat Breakfast (and make it warm): Balance your blood sugar and heat up your bod
in one fell swoop by eating a warm breakfast. If you want to maintain your sanity throughout the day,
then start it right. Breakfast is a hormonal must and for those of us with a
low-functioning thyroid having a warm one is just the ticket.
During the cold months of the year, cut your thyroid slack by having your breakfast heat
boost your internal temp. Think outside the box and go for warm quinoa porridge,
simple scrambled eggs, or some warm chicken soup to get you going in the morning.
2. Schedule “ME” Time: It’s impossible to stay sane without getting yourself on the “To-Do” list.
Low thyroid folks tend to be caretakers and err on the side of overdoing. While it feels oh-so-good to tend to
someone else’s needs, it is absolutely necessary to take care of yourself.
Give yourself some TLC by scheduling it in. Whether it’s a hot bath or a crisp walk, get yourself on the list.
3. Perfect Schmerfect: The holiday’s can often bring out the worst of the worst
when it comes to self-judgment, doubt and and perfectionism. It’s hard for the body to glow
when the mind is chattering nasty words every time you catch your reflection. From the perfect dress,
to the perfect hair, to the perfect weight, all the perfectness can add up to impossible. And the feeling
of “not being good enough” is a downer for you, your hormones, and your health.
Give yourself a break and see what happens when you drop perfectionism
and replace it with kind thoughts.Find one thing that you love about yourself and highlight it.
See if you can go from “Do I really look like that?” to “Girl….I love your smile!”. Believe me, that little switch
will do your attitude and your mojo a big favor.
4. Check in Early: Sleep is key during the holiday season. OK, you might not get a lot of it on
a social night, but make sure that you check in early on the other nights during the week.
The darker months are tough on a low-functioning thyroid for two reasons: it’s cold and there’s not as much sunshine.
Getting good rest will help one other important gland in your endocrine system: your adrenals.
Strong adrenals pave the way for a healthier thyroid.
5. Get Good with saying “NO”: The thyroid is located right, smack dab in the middle
of your throat. Being able to “speak your truth” is vital for a healthy, functioning thyroid. It’s so easy for us
low-thyroid types to go into overwhelm and overload.Sometimes we just go along with what everyone else wants
because it’s easy. Saying “No” to what you don’t want is a big deal for thyroid types. But here’s the real trick.
When you say “No” to what you don’t want, you’re really saying “YES” to what serves you. Give yourself permission
and maybe even a little practice and go for the “N-O” when you mean it.
6. Connect with People (and enjoy the food): Party food and desserts are like the big
“elephant in the room” for low thyroid types. We tend to pack weight on or have reactions to food by looking
at a piece of cake. Parties are meant to bring people together to have fun and celebrate.
Make the party about the people and let the food be the icing of the event.
When it comes to dessert time there are some ways to keep it all in check. First, tune into your body
and let yourself enjoy dessert if you really want it. Note: at some events you might feel like skipping the sweets
and at others you might want to have some. Be in the moment and be true to yourself.
When you do choose the dessert, take your time to fully enjoy it. Taste the flavors and the sweetness-
let it roll in your mouth and make an impression. ENJOY it- rather than hide in deprivation or feel like
you’re sneaking something. There’s no need to beat yourself up for having something that feels
pleasurable in the moment. Less Guilt equals more freedom. More freedom is less stressful.
Less stress helps your hormones every single time.
Tips are Even Better when Shared
If any of these tips hit the “a-ha” meter for you, then make sure to pass ‘em along by using your
favorite social share buttons at the bottom of the post. And, if you’ve got a holiday tip to try,
make sure to leave a comment. I love hearing from you.
Here’s to spreading the cheer and let the Holiday season roll!