A little over 2 years ago I found out I had Graves disease. This was one of the most terrifying times in my life; I was so scared, horrified and overwhelmed. Despite my extensive knowledge in holistic health and natural healing I was not at all prepared to deal with this.
But I decided to put my big-girl panties on and figure it out. I had recently become obsessed with the chakras and the mind/body connection so I decided to use this as an opportunity to discover more on how this works.
There was no way I was going to go through radiation or have my thyroid killed so my only choice, I felt, was to find the root cause of why this had happened to my body.
Despite feeling absolutely betrayed by my body, I started taking action and over the past couple of years these are the tools I have used to start healing.
I still have graves disease and I cannot tell you how it will all end but I don’t suffer from the debilitating symptoms anymore and I have learned so much about myself during this process that now I am at a place where I feel more free and happy than I ever have, maybe in my entire life. I am so thankful to have my energy back, more clarity around my life and where its going, plus just really feeling like I see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak…
Root Causes and how to start the healing process:
I have done extensive work on myself and researched graves disease, the thyroid and how it functions. Through this process they’re a few things I have discovered as being a basis or cause for why the thyroid goes haywire. (And why it affects women more than men).
For me this is where it all started. I started suffering from this in my early twenties. Endocrine disorders of this type run in my family so it’s partly genetic but I know that my graves disease started with my adrenal gland issues.
2 Most Common Causes of Adrenal Burn-out:
- Under-nourishment: if you don’t take time to relax, meditate, exercise, etc. the daily stresses of life will get to you. If you are constantly on the go, be mindful of your anxiety levels and take the time to nourish yourself. Women tend to nurture everyone in their lives, except for themselves and this can lead to adrenal exhaustion and down the road a thyroid issue.
- Mindset: Your thoughts don’t just exist in your mind they exist in every cell of your body. If you are constantly thinking “flight or fight” thoughts such as “If I don’t get this done everything will fall apart.” or “It would be terrible if…” or “What if this happens I would just die!” and the like, your body will respond in turn with a “flight or fight” response which immediately raises your adrenaline and cortisol levels. (For more on this check out this article). Changing your thought process to “Everything is figure-outable” (Thank you Marie Forleo) and learning to trust God and yourself will dramatically lower this response and help you recover from adrenal exhaustion.
Recognize that your entire Endocrine system is “one whole”
Meaning that it’s a system within your body that all works together. If one gland is out of whack the whole system will become out of whack. Treat your entire endocrine system, not just the gland experiencing the issue. If you want to learn more about your endocrine system I highly recommend you follow Deepak Chopra and read some of his books; he really understands this system better than any other doctor I have ever come across.
Use your Chakras to heal your endocrine system
This is by far the most effective way I have found to really heal endocrine disorders. Plus its simple and relaxing. Check out this free and simple guide to using your Chakras for healing from the Chopra Center.
Be willing to be honest with yourself
The thyroid exists directly within the Throat Chakra. This gland/area is all about communication, honesty and creative expression. One of the things I discovered for myself is that I really liked to “stuff” my issues rather than be honest with myself about them.
I truly believe this started a pattern of self-betrayal and is a huge cause of why I am now experiencing dis-ease within my body.
First, get honest with yourself – this is a process, it takes time but the more you are honest with you about your emotions, how you feel, etc. the easier it is to own that truth and speak it to others. As a result you start attracting more supportive and healthier relationships/circumstances into your life. For more on truth-telling click here.
Be willing to let go
Anger, bitterness and un-resolved issues can get stuck in our throat and over time make you feel like you can’t breathe. Be willing to explore the hurts in your life, forgive and let go.
Give up being a “Dutiful Worrier”
I am currently reading “The Dutiful Worrier” by Elliot Cohen and one of the things he says struck me right in the gut. He says that the word “worry” comes from the Old English word “wyrgan” which literally means: “To Strangle”.
So giving up worrying alone might be the key to healing your thyroid. I know for me this is the one area I struggle with the most, I certainly believe on some deep level it is my duty to worry and without that everything will fall apart. For me this comes from a total control-freak mentality and is a complete lie and while I know that it is a hard habit to break.
I think this helped reduce my graves disease symptoms almost immediately. I started painting, really for the first time in my entire life and it lifted the dark cloud hanging over my head. I started gaining weight back, energy back and feeling much better. Now I do tons of creative stuff all the time and I attract tons of opportunities for creativity and that feels really super good! Creativity raises your vibrations, lowers stress and gives a feeling of contribution (even if you don’t share it with the world). If you aren’t sure where to start, start here.
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