We’re halfway through the Thyroid Healing Challenge and I’m so glad you’re still with me. And so, so impressed! I mean it.
Somewhere you saw a link to this Challenge and decided to sign up. Seemed easy, right? No big deal.
But it is HUGE.
We live in a society that does not take health seriously. One that tells us day in and out to ignore how we feel. To suck it up and take a pill. To only notice that we even have bodies when they stop working (or someone else wants them to look pretty, sexy, young, perfect, etc.).
Worse, we live in a society that tells women that our pain doesn’t matter and tells men to to “man up” and ignore it.
Or that it doesn’t exist! It’s all in our heads. We’re hypochondriacs. We’re lazy. We need to just push through and keep going because no one has time for our illness, fatigue, or flare-up. Just “exercise more and eat less”, honey.
Does any of this sound familiar? Whether you’ve heard them explicitly or not, these messages are all around you.
Every single one is a hurdle that YOU climbed over or busted through to be here. That is freaking PHENOMENAL.
So CONGRATS! You’ve already “won” this Challenge. You’ve accomplished the most important step, which is deciding that YOUR HEALTH and happiness are worth taking the time to focus on.
MOST IMPORTANT TASK FOR DAY 3: Stop by the Facebook group, introduce yourself if you haven’t already, and share some of the obstacles – mental, physical, emotional – that you had to overcome just be present for this Challenge.
Here are the other things on the schedule for the mid-point of our Challenge:
Day 3 Overview:
- Day 3 Meals: Try something new today!
- Day 3 Notes/Journal Prompt: What would you do if you were not sick?
- Day 3 Self-Care Activity: Dry brushing detox
- Thyroid Healing Step 3: Rest & Restore
- Meet me in the Facebook Group & Facebook LIVE @ 7pm EST: Why we need to rest & restore, thyroid support supplements, & your questions answered!
- Challenge Links, Archives, etc.
1. Day 3 Meals
Have you found a breakfast you like? Discovered your favorite way to make a salad or a wrap? What are you making for dinner? Try something new and share your thoughts and suggestions in the Facebook group!
2. Day 3 Notes/Journal Prompt
What would you do if you were not sick? What do you want to do in the future?
Again, this may seem like a simple prompt, but I want you to dig deeper. What have you avoided or had to turn down because of your illness? What do you wish you could do but just don’t have the energy or motivation to try?
The fatigue, depression, discomfort, and other symptoms of hypothyroidism are real and can be very debilitating, so I’m NOT going to tell you to just suck it up and ‘try.’ Honor how you feel and let yourself REST.
At the same time, having a vision of where you could be – where you WILL be – when you are healed can be a very powerful motivator along the way. So take some time to think about it. Draw a clear picture in your head and write it down.
You CAN heal. What do you want to do when that day comes?
3. Day 3 Self-Care Activity: Dry brushing detox
Dry brushing is a simple but ancient and powerful practice to help your body detox. It comes to us from India and the rich more than two thousand year old healing tradition of ayurveda. By brushing your body firmly but gently (it should not hurt!) you are literally shedding your skin and encouraging the circulation of blood and lymph.
Dry brushing is best done nude and remove lots of dad skin cells, so you may want to do it just before you shower. This site has a great description of why and how to do dry brushing. Scroll down the page to get to the simple step-by–step process:
4. Thyroid Healing Step 3: Rest & Restore
Last night’s self-care activity was to go to bed early. Did you do it – or did you take ‘revenge’ on yourself and stay up just a bit too late?
It happens – far too often for most of us. As I mentioned in yesterday’s email, sleep is critical for healing. Much of the body’s repair happens at night, when other systems are quiet. If you weren’t able to go to sleep early, try doing it tonight (and even if you did. Two nights in a row won’t hurt, I promise!)
When our thyroids are under-active, our adrenal system has to step in to pick up the slack, overproducing the stress hormone cortisol and revving up our ‘fight-flight-or-freeze’ sympathetic nervous system. Sleep and the self-care activities we’re doing this week help to dial down that system and encourage the ‘rest-repair-and-restore’ parasympathetic nervous system.
(I bet you can guess which one helps us heal… )
How did Day 3 of the Challenge go? The writing exercise above? Have thoughts to share or questions for me? Post them in the Facebook group!
I’m around most of the time and will host a Facebook Live at 7:00pm EST to talk about the role of stress in triggering and worsening our thyroid symptoms and what we can do to heal. I’ll also discuss helpful thyroid healing supplements and why we might want to add them to our routine.
And I’ll answer your questions about all things thyroid related. This is your chance to get catch me live and pick my brain, so ask your questions in the chat!
If there are things you know that you want to ask, feel free to post them in the comments on the event page beforehand, and I’ll try to answer them during the Live.
6. Challenge Links, Archives, etc
- If you haven’t already, join the Facebook group.
- Don’t worry if you can’t find an email. All Challenge emails, materials, etc. will be available on this Archive Page shortly after they are sent out. (Please do not share this link with anyone who hasn’t joined the free challenge).
- It’s not too late to join! If you know of anyone who could benefit from this Challenge, they can still register here.
Here’s to a happier healthier you. See you online!
Coach Danielle Meitiv, M.S.