Let’s Talk Thyroid Symptoms:

Easily Upset + Hashimoto’s

Irritable? Snappy? Upset easily? Feeling ‘on edge’? Constantly feeling stressed?

Your emotions can be signs of thyroid issues. Sometimes thyroid disorders can be misdiagnosed as mood disorders. We talked about this when we discussed depression and anxiety. Anxiety is more commonly associated with hypERthyroidism but someone with Hashimoto’s can have over active symptoms from time to time too.

Stress can also be a trigger for Hashimoto’s. So it is extremely important to learn how to manage this well.

About 5 years ago, I realised that I really wasn’t handling day to day stress well. I was very easily upset – irritable. I’d yell and snap at the boys – in a way that often felt for me almost out of control. My doctor prescribed a week at a health retreat – honestly – and Leigh was supportive of this, but I realised that I would come home and if I didn’t address the underlying issues, nothing really would have changed. I wish now that I did BOTH – go away AND address the day to day 🙂

This is the aspect of my health that I feel essential oils have helped me the most. I have easy to use tools at my disposal when I start to feel stressed, worried, antsy…. 

Fluctuating emotions and that edgy feeling, not feeling emotionally in control can all be signs that your thyroid health is out of whack. Please make sure you get your thyroid levels check and are actively working with your health professionals to have stable thyroid test results.

Let’s get practical: 

🩸 Get your thyroid bloods checked through your doctor. Perhaps you’ll need some medication or adjustment in medication.

🦠 Look at your gut health and investigate the gut/brain/mood connection. I love Dr David Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain on this topic.

🧐 Examine your daily life and what’s causing stress on a regular basis. Ask yourself questions like:

→ Are my relationships healthy?

→ What can I cut out of my weekly schedule to allow more time to ‘breathe’?

→ What has helped in the past for managing stress?

→ What’s 1 thing I could add in to my daily routine to help lower my stress?

Check out the podcast on Saying No and about Stress & Trauma.

🧘‍♀️ Gentle exercises like yoga can help reduce stress.

🙋‍♀️ Ask for help – whether it’s from your spouse, your kids, family, friends or a professional.

💦 There are lots of essential oils that are calming in nature. Popping an essential oil in a diffuser or applying with a carrier oil to your pulse points are a couple of very simple ways to use essential oils to support emotions.  Here are my favourites: Neroli, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Basil, Marjoram and some blends from doTERRA: AromaTouch, Lavender Peace, Peace and Balance.

🧠 Meditation – find a guided mediation that you can use to help wind down your brain, nervous system and emotions. Some populars ones are: Headspace, Insight Timer, Soulspace.

✅ 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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You might also like to listen to my interview with my doctor here.




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