Dealing with a chronic illness such as hypothyroidism can be like a full-time job. Finding a balance in your life between work and responsibilities plus maintaining your health takes attention and focus. Taking care of yourself is hard work, and it can be even harder when you have other responsibilities like family and your day job added into the mix.
It can be very easy to get overwhelmed and feel like giving up, but don’t! There are many ways to deal with those feelings and overcome them. One of the most important things to remember is to not get overwhelmed. Take things one day at a time and resist the urge to give into stress or frustration when you feel like it’s all too much.
Here are a few other reminders for when you feel like giving up:
Sometimes you just need to take a break and rest. Give yourself permission to stop and look around you. What’s working in your life and what’s not? Take time to evaluate your day-to-day life and see what you can do to make it more manageable.
Stop feeling guilty that you can’t help everyone. Your health needs to be a priority. Make sure to treat yourself kindly. How would you treat someone else in your situation? Show yourself the same grace and kindness you’d give to others.
It’s important to have someone to talk to, especially when things get overwhelming. If you have someone close to you who will listen, don’t hesitate to reach out. Sometimes all you need to turn things around is to get a fresh perspective on things.
Someone outside of your situation can see things differently and show you alternatives you hadn’t considered. They can see things from another angle and make you see your situation in a totally new light.
If you don’t have someone close to you who will listen, reach out online. There are many groups for people with chronic illnesses who are there to offer help and support. You may be surprised by how many others are in a similar situation and having someone to lean on can make a world of difference.
When symptoms or stress overwhelm you, it’s easy to get down and be tempted to stay there. But instead of always reacting to your circumstances, get proactive. A good way to work yourself out of a tough situation is to make plans to get out. Start thinking about how your life can change and set goals to get there. Where do you see yourself in a month? Six months? A year?
Don’t expect that it will all run smoothly but know that you can handle the hiccups along the way. Factor into your plans that there will be bumps in the road but that you will handle them one at a time.
Taking control of your life and learning to deal with inevitable setbacks will help you to come out ahead in the long run.
Have you heard the phrase, “it’s always darkest before the dawn?” Sometimes just when we think we can’t go on one more minute, that’s when a breakthrough comes, and things change for the better.
Perhaps your health will improve suddenly, or a new job will come along that allows you more flexibility or you will meet someone who changes your life for the better.
Expecting and looking for good things is the best way to find them. If you’re always bracing for another setback and focusing on potential problems, you’ll probably find them. But if you start looking for good things, you’re more likely to find them as well. Sometimes all you need to do is hold on just a little bit longer and then a breakthrough arrives.
Even if it is just an inch at a time, just keep pressing forward. Some days you will fall back, and that’s okay. Just don’t stay there. Inch your way forward again and keep moving on.
Sometimes all it takes is to just keep going. And then one day you stop and take notice and marvel at how far you’ve come!
Even though it doesn’t always feel like it, things can change quickly. Nothing stays the same forever. You may feel like you’re stuck in a rut, but just as quickly as you fell into that rut, you can get out.
We never know what tomorrow will bring until we get there. Just hold on to see what good thing is coming your way. Even if you feel you’ve been on a losing streak, something good may be just over the horizon. Don’t give up!
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