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Difficulty Expressing Yourself + Hashimoto’s

Whilst it’s difficult to ‘prove’ the emotional connection/triggers to Hashimoto’s many believe that there is a significant connection between the two.

Given our bodies are a complex interaction of our physical bodies, our souls and our spirits, I believe that there is a likely connection. Even if you boil it down to the idea of ‘mind over matter’ and accept that our thoughts impact our bodies, it’s not hard to see a connection.

You might be familiar with the idea that anger shows up in the liver (I’m livid…. Connects to the liver), grief in the lung, constipation & being ‘up tight’ etc. Trauma can often present itself in dis-ease in the body.

Because the thyroid gland sits in the throat, there are many who believe that those with thyroid issues may have difficulty speaking up, expressing themselves. Perhaps we carry worries and burdens that aren’t really ours to carry. Are you putting yourself last over and over and over again and becoming resentful? Are you living a life of SHOULDS? I should do this/be that/ think this/say that. Even if it’s not truly authentic to what you think or believe.

Are you afraid of what others will think if you speak up? This has certainly been one of my fears. Slowly over time I’m becoming more confident to speak up and not worry what others think. Is it connected to my thyroid health? I don’t know, and perhaps we will never know for certain, but it’s worth considering.

Are you your own worst critic? How negative is your self-talk? I know what it’s like to have negative self talk and be super critical. I hold myself to often unattainable standards, standards I would never expect of others and I push myself to reach them. This can all sound quite virtuous, but it can also be stress inducing and self-destructive!

🤷‍♀️I wonder if this emotional/spiritual aspect is why women are 8:1 more likely to have a thyroid disease than men?  Women (generally) have a harder time speaking up, saying what we think, and expressing ourselves. Food for thought.

If you think this is a factor for you, here are a few things you might like to consider.

Let’s get practical:

🗣 Affirmations – do you say positive affirmations? Change your thoughts change your actions, change your health! Here is an article I’ve written about how to write affirmations.


is an affirmation I’ve said on and off for years.

🧠 Change your thought processes around having Hashimoto’s. Try not to talk about it negatively. I know that’s hard, especially when things are flared up, but over time, try to change your attitude to having thyroid issues. Show your thyroid some love! I love my thyroid 😉 Think of all the good it does for you. I often think how grateful I am for having a chronic issue because it’s helped me to adopt a healthy lifestyle and see the benefit in proactively managing my health.

🙏 Pray for healing. Let go and let God. 

🏋️‍♀️ Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Work out what is burdening you and let it go.

🌀 Take the time to discover what you believe, what you think. What are your goals, dreams, desires. Spend the time taking ownership of your future. You might like to consider working through the My Year By Design course I wrote to help plan your year – really the principles apply all year round. Then, once you’ve gained some clarity – share your hopes/dreams/plans with others – speak it out! 

💦 Calming essential oils might be helpful to diffuse or apply topically when working through these emotional releases. Oil blends such as doTERRA’s Forgive & Peace blends or oils such as Bergamot (the oils of self-acceptance) and spearmint (oil of confident speech) would be good to try.

✅ Join the discussion in the group, Let’s Talk Thyroid.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Read about other common thyroid symptoms here.

Suspect you have a thyroid issue? PLEASE trust your instincts and get it thoroughly checked out with your health practitioner. This thyroid basics page has an overview of what tests to ask for and a link to use a private lab if you’re doctor won’t order them.

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