As someone with a thyroid condition, you know that you must stay tuned in to your body on a regular basis to ensure things are moving in the right direction. As Summer is here and Fall is around the corner, it is a great time to “take stock” in your life – what things are contributing to your health and what things are detracting?
Here’s a link to a free worksheet you can use to do just this. One thing I always tell my clients is to examine and reduce sources of stress in their lives. Stress is a strain on the adrenals and can throw off hormone balance worsening your thyroid condition. Once you do this exercise and implement some changes, you will begin to feel lighter and your adrenals and thyroid will love you for it.
Now, back to the worksheet. I call this the “Health Gains and Drains” exercise. Notice at the left is the “Good for Me” column and on the right, is the “Bad for Me” column. Print this form out and list all the “good” things that contribute to your life and well-being. Examples include physical activities, hobbies, leisure activities, dietary supplements, eating patterns, attitudes, beliefs, work, family, relationships, etc.
Be sure not to list the things you think should be good for you – instead, reach into your heart and health and to thine own self be true! This is not about what you should think is good for you, but rather, what you truly believe is good for you – it makes you feel better, lighter, gives you support, love, healing, relaxation, etc.
Next, in the “Bad for Me” column, list everything you feel is detracting from your health and well-being right now. Again, you can include things from all areas of your life: activities, work, family, friends, relationships, food, etc.
Note that some aspects of your life will have both good and bad aspects. For example, you may love your work for the most part but certain aspects of it seem draining. In this case, put your work in the “good” column but specify which aspects are draining for you in the “bad” column (i.e., high pressure, too many hours, tasks that are tedious).
Make as many copies of the worksheet as you need. Feel free to do this in two or three sessions but really look deep to see what is helping your health and life and what is not.
In my next blog post, I’ll share Part 2 of the “Health Gains and Drains” exercise. In the meantime, grab this free worksheet and take some time reflect on your own health gains and drains. Until then, live freely!
If you’d like to learn more about how to de-stress in this busy world and discover how your diet may be a contributing stress factor (as well as what to eat and avoid), I invite you to join my program: Thyroid Kickstart. Check it out here and create your own personal thyroid diet and much more in just 17 days.
To continue with this exercise please go to How To Protect Your Thyroid By Eliminating Energy Robbers (Part 2)