Quick fixes don’t last. What really works when we’re wanting a deep change (whether that change be physical or emotional) is consistency over a long period of time.
When working with the thyroid gland, most of us try things here and there. Some of us get so desperate that we’re changing things constantly. Practitioners, supplements, ideas and philosophies get mixed together and suddenly all of our efforts don’t add up to anything at all.
Instead of trying “everything under the sun,” we need to make a plan, then follow and test the plan. Monitor the plan over a course of a year and evaluate if it’s working for you.
Having a plan or a road map, doesn’t mean that you’re never going to detour. It just means that you’re looking ahead and you know where you want to go.
I had the opportunity to connect with one of my sweet friends and colleagues, Dr. Kathi Fry. In our time together, Dr. Kathi shares how she made the journey to becoming a Master Homeopath. Dr. Kathi is a pure delight and talks with us about the thyroid gland itself and how homeopathics might fit into your thyroid plan.
Create a Long-Term Thyroid Plan
Changes in our thyroid health don’t happen overnight and they never really happen when we’re making emotional decisions or quick decisions.
True thyroid changes happen when we have a road map for success. Last month we talked about my number one tip for Thyroid health. This month, I’m going to help you generate a thyroid road map so that you can develop a plan that will work for you over the course of the next year.
Step 1: Determine Your Comfort Zone
No two people are going to feel comfortable tackling their thyroid issues in the same way. The challenge is that we often get swayed and lose track of what feels right to us. Instead of following down someone else’s path, take some time and determine your comfort zone.
What’s your thyroid history?
Do you want to go natural?
Are you ok using both Western medications with alternative therapeutics. If yes, what’s your ratio between each?
What’s your lifestyle: how much time do you have to dedicate towards self care?
Step 2: Generate Your Team
Once you have a better idea of where you stand, then you’re ready to create your team. Depending on your answers to step one, you’ll be more comfortable and confident putting together your thyroid team.
If you’re working with multiple practitioners, make sure to assign one practitioner as your lead. Every doctor (alternative or otherwise) will have a different opinion, so assigning a lead will help minimize confusion over the long haul.
Step 3: Be ProActive
Regardless of who you’re working with, you must be proactive. Take their advice and put it into action.
Ask yourself, “now, what can I do?”
What shifts in your lifestyle are you willing to make?
Are you willing to change your food, your sleep?
What about your thought patterns? Or your exercise?
Decipher what feels doable. Remember once you make your thyroid plan, it’s up to you to follow through. Keep it realistic.
Step 4: Add in “I Will” Statements
Once you determine what is doable, turn those ideas onto “I will” statements:
I will eat more veggies.
I will be kind to myself.
I will take my supplements everyday
I will reach out for support.
Once you have your list of “I will’s” then put that list in a visible area. Tape it to your mirror, your fridge or have it in your car. Read it often and start making the magic happen.
Step 5: Read, Rinse, Repeat
The best part about a plan is that they can shift and change. Plans are a roadmap for success.
You can make it artsy or keep it straightforward. Most important is to enjoy. Remember, road maps are meant as a guide. Revisit often and tweak. Keep your plan in a visible area so that you can check in with it and visualize how your team is working with you and for you.
If you’re still feeling lost or overwhelmed, it’s ok. I’ve got your back. Now might be your time to reach out for some help so that you feel confident taking actionable step. If you’re having a hard time with your thyroid, and you feel like you’ve tried EVERYTHING, then shoot me a line and let’s get you the help that you need for success.