Graves’ Disease Mental Symptoms. 5 tips on how to deal with your negative Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism emotions.
Graves’ disease, as we all know, comes with a nice set of mental symptoms like irritability, emotional liability, nervousness, restlessness, anxiety and worrying. Emotions feed your thoughts and thoughts feed your emotions. That’s a never ending circle and you can either chose different emotions or different thoughts to break that vicious circle.
See, the emotional container of every person can hold up only certain quantity of emotions, it’s not expandable. It can hold up, let’s say, up to 2 gallons of emotions, not more. And you can fill out this container, so speaking, with whatever you want. How this all works? There are a few strategies that I used, and still use to keep my anxiety down:
- Exaggerating worry strategy. I am challenging you today to take a short break and start worrying about everything that comes to your mind: your job, your money, your mortgage, your husband, your kids, your parents, about global warming and politics, about deadlines and health. Start worrying and continue this way to the point where you become one big walking “Anxiety” and nothing else. Now, let’s turn this upside down or, as I like to say, flush this emotional toilet. Replace these very “unproductive” thoughts and turn your worries into: What if only good things happen to me… What if…. I find a better job, my kids do well at school, they are healthy, kind and understanding, my parents are in good health, my husband /wife wants to cook me a dinner or take me out, I have enough money, I finish my projects on time and so forth. What you gonna do with all that goodness that come on your way? You get my point. When these types of thoughts fill up your emotional toilet there will be no space left for the negative ones. We can worry about positive things as well, if we choose to do so. It’s that simple.
- Cultivate gratitude. Every night before going to bed grab a notebook and list just 3 things that you are grateful for, on that particular day. They could be things like: food on your table, roof over your head, the beautiful day outside, the rain, the nice sales person, the time you had to rest, a promotion at work, nice conversation with a friend, good news about something. I am sure you can come up with something worth writing down.
Meditate or take some time off for yourself, even 30 min. and do nothing. Or put this 30 min on your to do list and do whatever you want. I promise, this simple strategy will recharge you and make you feel better. I’ll dedicate a whole new article about meditation to convince you how good this is for you.
4. To climb more, carry less. To hear more, talk less. To succeed more, assume less. To invent more, resist less. To excel more, compete less. You’ve heard that from me before. So speaking, simplify your life and focus on your priorities. That simple method will relieve your stress tremendously and make you feel much, much better.
5. Make passion part of your life. This picture came to me through Facebook, (don’t forget to LIKE us:) and I decided to share that with you as a strategy of coping with negative emotions, because there is nothing can charge us more than incorporating passion in our lives. So what’s your passion?
I have to admit that these strategies, regardless how simple and mundane they look, require patience, discipline and consistency. It’s a habit, but a healthy one, but it’s worth trying. Happy flushing the emotional toilet!
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