25 Simple Self Care Activities You Can Do Without Breaking the Bank

Posted on May 29, 2020May 29, 2020Categories self careTags   Leave a comment on 25 Simple Self Care Activities You Can Do Without Breaking the Bank

What are your favorite budget friendly self care activities? If you don’t have any, or you struggle to come up with ideas, then you will want to keep reading. Self care activities are a must for living happy and healthy for everyone but when you have an autoimmune condition, practicing self care can be a matter of life and death.

So without any more time wasting- here are my 25 simple self care activities you can do without breaking the bank.

  1. Do a meditation for 10-15 minutes. You can either use a video from youtube with a meditation or download an app such as Insight Timer or Calm to help you.
  2. Go for a walk.
  3. Go for a drive up a canyon or anywhere else where you can view nature.
  4. Get grounded outside by walking around outside for about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Inhale some of your favorite smelling essential oils.
  6. Enjoy a piece of dark chocolate.
  7. Find a dog to play with or take care of for a short time.
  8. Get a massage. If you want to do it on a budget- check out a massage school with students. I do this all the time and it is great.
  9. Get an acupuncture treatment. Yes really. It is amazing how this can feel. Even if you think you don’t need it. I like to go to community clinics for treatments on a budget and self care.
  10. Make a flavored water drink with fruit in it and drink it. I like to add strawberries to my water.
  11. Watch a funny movie or TV series. One of my favorites is an oldie but goodie Mister Ed.
  12. Go window shopping. Be strict about not buying anything and just enjoying the experience.
  13. Get a pedicure or manicure. I like to get pedicures more frequently because they last longer and are harder for me to do on myself. If you really don’t have the budget, you can get the supplies and try to give yourself one.
  14. Take a hot bath with epsom salts and essential oils.
  15. Use a foot bath to soak and relax your feet.
  16. Go swimming or soak in a hot tub.
  17. Take a cat nap. Yes really, just make sure you don’t sleep for more than 30 minutes.
  18. Cook your favorite dinner and really take the time to enjoy it and savor it.
  19. Rub yourself with your favorite smelling body lotion.
  20. Listen to and even dance if you want to a few of your favorite songs.
  21. Buy yourself some flowers. Even cheap ones if you need to in order to stick to your budget. Or you can find some flowers to pick for free as long as the place you go is legal.
  22. Make yourself a cup of your favorite herbal tea and take the time to really enjoy it.
  23. Read a favorite book for 30 minutes to an hour.
  24. Do a puzzle or a single person game. I really like sudoku or crossword puzzles.
  25. Buy a cheap new outfit. You can get it from the clearance section or at a thrift store.

Which one of these self care activities is your favorite? Do you have a favorite self care activity I didn’t include? Share it with me in the comments below.

50 Shades of Good Thyroid Health

Posted on May 26, 2020May 28, 2020Categories ThyroidTags   Leave a comment on 50 Shades of Good Thyroid Health

Do you have good thyroid health? If you are like a lot of people myself included, your thyroid health could use some improvement. Here are 50 shades of good thyroid health otherwise known as 50 things you must do to have good thyroid health.

  1. Get the right lab tests run on a regular basis- This can be harder than it seems. Thyroid labs are one of those things that too many doctors don’t do correctly. I highly recommend going to a naturopathic doctor or functional medicine doctor for these as they are a lot more likely to do them correctly.
  2. Get on the right dosage of thyroid meds. Again more difficult than it should be most of the time. You usually will have to try more than one dosage.

3. Get on the right thyroid diet. Again quite difficult. Gluten, Dairy and Nuts are common triggers but you may have to avoid other things too.

4. Read some books about thyroid health.

5. Get on the right supplements for your thyroid. Again it helps to work with a functional medicine doctor for this one.

6. Find out what supplements you are deficient on and start taking more of them.

7. Eat more anti-inflammatory foods

8. Consider turmeric. This is a powerhouse of a supplement that can help a lot of people. I know I have to have it to feel good most of the time.

9. Probiotics

10. Self-care for you and your thyroid.

11. Exercise regularly.

12. Consider digestive enzymes

13. Rethink iodine. If you have Hashimoto’s specifically you probably should not be taking iodine.

14. Re-evaluate protein shakes. A lot of them have added junk and things in them that aren’t good for your thyroid. I really like the Vegan ones from Sprouts, this vegan one from Doterra and Paleo Protein Ones from Amy Meyers MD.

15. Try chiropractic

16. Try acupuncture

17. Make sure to get adequate amounts of sleep each night.

18. Get a thyroid scan to check for any nodules or other severe thyroid problems.

19. Find a good functional medicine doctor to work with.

20. Know that it’s a journey to heal your thyroid that won’t go away overnight.

21.Try a blend of clove, lemongrass and peppermint essential oils to help support your thyroid.

22. Try infrared sauna.

23. Gain control of your emotional health

24. Consider grounding.

25. Consider EMF blocking. EMF’s from electronic devices can cause or make worse immune problems in some people.

26. Eat more beets. Beets are one of the top ten best foods for your thyroid.

27. Eat more mushrooms. Mushrooms have selenium in them which can really help your thyroid.

28. Eat more Brussels sprouts.

29. Eat more sweet potatoes. Another great food for your thyroid.

30. Work on meal planning. Always a good idea not only for thyroid health for for health in general.

31. Consider giving up nuts. These can be hard on your digestive system.

32. More probiotic foods. Again really good for your gut and digestive system.

33. Eat more dark chocolate.

34. Consider trying reflexology.

35. Figure out if you have an underlying infection that may be causing your thyroid problems. Epstein Barr is a common one.

36. Eat more foods with zinc in them. Zinc is really good for both your thyroid and your immune system.

37. Go outside every day.

38. Give yourself permission to take down time when needed.

39. Soak in epsom salts baths regularly.

40. Drink plenty of water.

41. Keep a food journal.

42. Work on improving your adrenal glands. Your thyroid and adrenals go hand and hand together.

43. Avoid too much coffee and other energy drinks and stimulants.

44. Recognize the connections between your gut and your thyroid health.

45. Work on improving your hormones.

46. Eat organic as much as possible.

47. Recognize the importance of working on thyroid health.

48. Be grateful and acknowledge your blessings.

49. Have Faith.

50. Never Give Up.

Follow these Seven Steps to Leave Stress and Fatigue Behind

Posted on May 23, 2020May 23, 2020Categories stressTags   Leave a comment on Follow these Seven Steps to Leave Stress and Fatigue Behind

Do you struggle with stress and fatigue? I know I do from time to time and have discovered a variety of strategies to help me leave stress and fatigue behind and live a live of higher energy.

Here are the seven steps I’ve found to help me leave stress and fatigue behind.

  1. Recognize the root cause or causes of your stress and fatigue. Why are you experiencing stress and fatigue? If you are like most people, there may be more than one reason and you may have a hard time figured out all of the reasons. However, the first step to eliminating or at least reducing stress and fatigue is to find and acknowledge the sources.
  2. Once you have figured out why are are stressed and fatigued, then you need to create a plan as to what you will do to fix this. For some people it may be a journey rather than a simple solution. For example, I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and being fatigued is a part of this. So I’m not going to be able to really get rid of all my fatigue until I get my Hashimoto’s into remission. However, if you don’t have an autoimmune condition, then you will have an easier time reducing your fatigue.
  3. Recognize what situations, people, and other circumstances increase your stress and fatigue. I find it helpful to make a list of these as part of being able to gain control of these.
  4. Decide what you can do to avoid or reduce the situations you listed in number three. In some cases you won’t be able to completely avoid them. In other cases you may need to make a major life change like get a different job, move to another state, and so on. While making major changes like this might be difficult, in some cases, it might be necessary in order to really leave behind stress and fatigue.
  5. Take time on a regular basis for self care. Too often if you don’t take the time to take care of yourself then you will have more frequent stress and fatigue.
  6. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night or at least 6 nights per week. If you aren’t sleeping well most of the time then you need to figure out why and get some help.
  7. Get committed and determined that you won’t let stress and fatigue gain control of your life.