Are you exhausted?
Exhaustion, weight-gain and a fuzzy headed inability to concentrate are just three of the signs of Hypothyroidism. If you suffer from an under-active thyroid, you will know that just about everything in life becomes dramatically harder. Problems become insurmountable and any former ability to persevere becomes a thing of the past.
You might instinctively feel that something is wrong but, often feel too exhausted to work out what it is. Emotions go up and down like the proverbial yo-yo and feeling tearful about nothing can become the norm. But you are not alone, hypothyroidism is increasingly common these days and although treatment is available, it really only manages the symptoms, it doesn’t cure.
Your symptoms may vary but will also include:
• Feeling cold
• Achy muscles and joints
• Dry skin
• Irregular or excessive menstrual bleeding
• Feelings of depression
Your thyroid is important. It controls your metabolism, and if yours is not working efficiently, that extra chocolate snack really will stay on your hips. The thyroid hormone affects pretty much every organ in your body – so its long term health is important. It has long been known that stress will have a detrimental impact on your thyroid. Your adrenal glands – part of the endocrine system is the first line of defence and their role is to regulate the stress response. So learning how to combat daily stresses is vital if you wish to improve your adrenal and thyroid health.
Make Me Better With Yoga
Luckily, if you are a fan of yoga, there is a solution. It is time to take your life back to a more natural state and regular practice can make a huge difference to how you feel and look. Yoga can help how you manage stress and if you can reduce stress, you can take the pressure off of your adrenal glands and your thyroid can start to heal.
Yoga postures enable you to experience a sense of balance within your own life. It’s not all about the physical, it is about being able to relax and to let go of stressful situations. It is important to incorporate and utilise the breath within each posture, focussing on each movement before, during and after the asana, staying mindful throughout. Depending on your level of flexibility, you may find some of the postures more difficult than others but persevere –gently. Your thyroid health depends upon it.
Incorporate the following postures into your regular practice sessions:
- Shoulder Stand – (Sarvangasana). The shoulder stand is beneficial for the thyroid because it massages the thyroid gland and also serves to bring more blood to the throat area. It has many benefits but also stimulates your digestive system, rests the heart and serves to open up the shoulder area too.
- Fish Pose – (Matsyasana) works to open up the heart and throat. It tones all the nerves of your back and neck but it is paramount to practice this posture following the shoulder stand, and counter balances the posture, improving your thyroid and parathyroid glands.
- Legs up the Wall Pose – (Viparitakarani). This gentle posture works on improving circulation, your nervous system and helps to improve feelings of depression. It aids your thyroid and parathyroid and can help balance important hormonal secretions.
- One Legged Forward Bend – (Janu Shirasasana) Helps to relieve depression and anxieties and can improve feelings of fatigue, improving menstrual problems too. It can also help to reduce fat around the stomach area.
- Plough Pose – (Halasana) Helps to calm the mind, stimulates the thyroid gland and to help relieve feelings of stress and general fatigue.
- Cat Pose – (Marjariasana) is a wonderful stretch for the spine and torso but also helps to balance the endocrine system including the thyroid gland. It boosts your metabolism too as well as providing a variety of other benefits.
It is easy to let an under active thyroid make you feel down. The nature of the condition will make you feel that life is hard work. You might not even feel like practicing your yoga regularly, but persevere, even 20 minutes a day of gentle, mindful practice can make a huge difference to the health of your thyroid.