Has your partner been diagnosed with hypothyroidism? Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to best support them as they navigate this illness. Their daily life is affected, which means yours is affected as well.
Knowing how to support your partner during this time will not only help them navigate thyroid disease, but it will help your relationship as well. Hypothyroidism has many symptoms, so it can be difficult to even know where to begin.
Here are 6 ideas to help you learn how to support your partner with hypothyroidism.
It’s hard to know how to support someone with hypothyroidism or any other disease if you don’t understand the illness. Begin reading articles on hypothyroidism, like those on Paloma Health’s website. Becoming informed on symptoms, treatments, and experiences from other patients will increase your knowledge of the disease and will help you to better understand what your partner is going through.
Mood swings, depression, and anxiety are common symptoms of thyroid disease. Be patient and understanding if suddenly their mood shifts from happy to sad or glad to mad. These symptoms are hard to control and reacting to the negativity only increases your loved one’s frustrations.
Just know that if they are suddenly frustrated with you or are directing any anger toward you for no apparent reason, they most likely don’t mean to and sometimes may not even be aware that they are irritable. Hypothyroidism does crazy things to the body’s hormones and mind. Just step back and give them time to deal with their emotions. Responding harshly will only escalate the situation.
The fatigue that accompanies hypothyroidism can be crippling. Many times, the desire to go out and have fun is there, but the physical and mental fatigue prevents them from engaging in physical activity. Even simple things like a dinner and movie out can be overwhelming when you have hypothyroidism.
When this happens be understanding. Be willing to have a date at home. Cook them a nice dinner and curl up with a movie afterward. This will go a long way in showing your support for them and they will be so appreciative of the effort.
When someone has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism from a knowledgeable thyroid doctor, then one of the first things that will be suggested is for the patient to change their diet. Most often the American diet is full of processed foods that promote inflammation and disease. There are specific foods that are great for helping heal thyroid disease and your partner may suddenly be filling the fridge with healthy choices.
Changing a diet overnight can be challenging and stressful, especially when they have just been handed a diagnosis to deal with. Instead of contributing to the overwhelm by eating junk food in front of them, start eating healthy with them. Encouraging your partner in this way may be one of the most supportive things that you can do for them.
Another thing that may change for your partner is their exercise routine. They may have never exercised before the diagnosis of hypothyroidism or they could have been a huge participant of high-intensity workouts. Either way, their exercise may have to change. If they have never really participated in fitness before, then be there to encourage them to continue with their new routine. The best way to do this is to jump in and exercise with them. Suggest going on a walk after dinner or taking a quick trip to the gym before work in the morning.
Maybe your partner is the complete opposite and has always engaged in high-intensity workouts, but the fatigue and muscle weakness are so bad that they must make adjustments to their fitness routine. Be willing to make changes to your routine as well and try different forms of exercise with them if necessary.
There will be some days that your partner may just need a break from everything. They simply need a day off to lie in bed and they want no one around. Don’t take this personally. Sometimes even a simple conversation takes enormous mental energy. Maybe take this time to go out with friends or run errands. A day to themselves can be just the thing to renew their energy and focus.
If you have kids, offer to take them out for the day. Parenting with hypothyroidism can be extremely difficult, so this can be a great way to help ease their stress.
Having a partner with hypothyroidism is not only challenging for them but can also be challenging for you and your relationship. Be patient and understand that if they work with their doctor at Paloma Health and work toward making necessary lifestyle changes, they can begin to feel better and can start living their best life. The best approach for you to take is to be patient, be there for them, and try the support ideas given here.
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