I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease when I was in my early 20s. Thyroid disease to be exact. If you suffer from autoimmune disease, you know the physical and mental impact it has you. Almost 20 years later, I wish I knew then what I know now. Though I will always have to treat my disease, there are things I can do and change that have a HUGE impact on the way I feel when I have my downs.
?Taking better care of my body. Fueling it with more of the good stuff, and eliminating the bad stuff. It already has a difficult time, I don’t need to add things that make it harder to operate at maximum capacity. This includes eating more fruits and veggies, meal plan and sticking to it!
?Moving my body more. Stretching, walking, or more intense workouts when I feel my body is up for it. I make sure to get at least 20-30 minutes of continuous activity that gets my heart rate up!
?Taking time for mindfulness. I sit with my thoughts, work through them, and try to find the root cause of any discomfort. Meditation and yoga has become a HUGE help in this area. And yoga is a two-fer; I get my exercise and my mindfulness.
Thankfully, I have an arsenal of tools to help me stick to healthier choices and actions, I don't have to do it alone. I have access to an endless number of streaming workouts to fit my mood and fitness level, I have meal plans, recipes, and grocery lists outlined for me, and I have an army of women who support me, encourage me, and lift me up to keep going!
If you struggle with autoimmune disease or chronic illness, don’t hesitate to reach out. It’s not something you have to live with alone. We can talk about the suckiness that is chronic disease. And I can share what works to help me have more good days. ?