Household chores can seem nearly insurmountable when you experience a hypothyroid flare up. Here's what we think might help.
Try small steps. 20 minutes each day might aggravate your body less than a 2 hour cleaning marathon all in one day.
Or split up the cleaning by room. Kitchen on Monday, bathroom on Tuesday, laundry on Wednesday… you get the idea.
We like the Urgent-Important Matrix to help prioritize which “to-do’s” you should focus on, and which you should delegate or ignore.
List all of the things that you feel you need to do around your house. Try to include everything that takes up your time or energy, no matter how seemingly unimportant.
Then, put each item on the list into one of four categories:
Important can be defined as the things that directly help us achieve our goals, and urgent can be defined as the things that demand immediate attention (often to help someone else achieve their goals).
Here are some tried-and-true favorites, and certainly not an exhaustible list.
Eating healthfully is important to managing hypothyroidism, but don’t we all know that eating healthy takes more time and energy?! A pressure cooker can be used as a slow cooker, or they can speed up the process, making “slow-cooked” meals in as little as 15 minutes! We love this because you can cook an entire meal consolidated in one pot, which makes a big batch easy and cleanup easier. You can save leftovers in the freezer to reheat on more difficult days.
This daily shower spray is made with lactic acid and corn-starch-derived decyl glucoside to break down dirt naturally, dissolving mildew and preventing soap scum with no scrubing required! Just spray it on all wet surfaces after each shower and let it go to work.
These gel tabs stick to the inside of your toilet bowl, and gradually dissolve with each flush. The tabs stay on the side of the toilet for quite a long time and give a clean smell when the toilet is flushed. Again, so scrubbing required.
The last thing you want to do when your muscles feel weak, achy, or stiff is vacuum. While a bit pricey, a Roomba vacuum requires minimal effort. At the press of a button, this little robot can run for up to 90 minutes before automatically docking and recharging. You can even schedule it to run at a certain time each day! Patients share that it is very much worth the investment, especially when you barely have the energy to get out of bed.
Let’s be honest: making your bed is. not. fun. Wrestling with the fitted sheet always leaves you sweaty, and does anyone actually know how to gracefully get a duvet cover on a duvet? Try zippable bed sheets. Essentially a fitted sheet split into two pieces - a base that stays on the mattress and a sheet that zips on and off!
A grabber tool can be used to reach things in the hard-to-reach cabinets, shut doors, pick things up off the floor, or pull laundry out of the machine. When your muscles are weak, achy, or stiff, use the grabber to get what you need easily. You might even invest in multiples, and keep them in various areas.
No need to be superwoman, okay!? Make a plan and find smart-working products so you can manage overwhelm and pain when you’re experiencing a flare up.
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