Extreme fatigue is one of the worst symptoms of Hypothyroidism. It is quite natural for one to feel tired and exhausted after continuous activity but Hypothyroidism patients experience this tiredness all the time.
Even a few minutes of activity or exercise are enough to leave them drained. It might sound strange but in extreme cases, a hypothyroid patient may even lack the energy to get up comb his hair.
This is due to under secretion of the thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland, which affects metabolism causing low energy levels. This fatigue greatly affects the day-to-day activities of the patient.
Let us take a look at some methods by which we can fight fatigue caused due to hypothyroidism. However, it is advised to seek medical guidance to understand which set of yoga asanas, exercises, meditation, and other fatigue treatments that would suit you the best.
Yoga: A gentle way to cope with Fatigue
Yoga is a great exercise, which balances both our mind and body. Yoga is known to help us in dealing with most of the symptoms of hypothyroidism out of which fatigue is one. Asanas, which include breathing like Pranayama, are helpful in fighting tiredness.
Pranayama also helps in depression and boosts up energy levels. Ujjayi Pranayama is one such yoga asana, which helps those suffering from hypothyroidism. Yoga asanas, which include stretching, are also useful.
Does Meditation help?
Yes. Meditation, also like yoga, helps one mentally and physically. One of the most important meditation has on our body is increase in the energy levels. The type of meditation recommended for fatigue is mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is the technique, which teaches one to concentrate only on the present moment. Meditation help us de-stress and relaxes the muscle tension which occurs with fatigue.
Hypothyroidism, Sleep and Fatigue
A peaceful and sufficient sleep of 7-8 hours is required for those suffering from hypothyroidism. Insufficient or disturbed sleep is one of the factors that leads to fatigue. Never neglect your sleep. Sufficient sleep helps you deal with stress and depression (which also cause fatigue).
Over sleep, however can also cause fatigue. So, try to observe and modify your sleep patterns. It is advisable to sleep and wake up at more or less the same time every day. A good night’s sleep will reward you with a stable mental state, freshness, activeness, and good health.
Exercise and Balanced Diet: A must for all
The fatigue, which is caused by an under active thyroid gland, causes Hypothyroid patients to avoid or be reluctant to exercise. However, exercise is a must not only for Hypothyroid patients but for all. Exercise is necessary for overall health and a healthy metabolism.
It helps to keep weight is control and also helps to fight depression. Exercise relaxes and reduces muscle strain, which also cause fatigue. Exercise also leads to a good and peaceful sleep, which in turn can help one remain fresh and active.
However, it is advisable not to over-exercise. Over-exercise decreases immunity and in Hypothyroidism, it can do more harm than good if done in excess and worsen tiredness.
Diet precautions are also mandatory for maintain good health and fight fatigue. Also, the practice of having multiple small meals instead of the three main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) as suggested by many experts today, applies here.
Hypothyroid patients suffer from fatigue and the practice of having multiple meals in a day satisfies hunger and keeps one energized and active all day long. This practice also discourages fat storage in the body and helps in weight loss.
Mental Equilibrium and Stress Management
When suffering from Hypothyroidism, it is important to note that we need to maintain our mental equilibrium. We need to understand that fatigue caused due to Hypothyroidism, is not only a physical symptom but also mental.
It is necessary to cultivate a positive frame of mind, which helps us to deal with depression and our negative emotions. Positive thinking, yoga, and meditation as discussed earlier can help us achieve this. Depression and negative thinking affects us physically by causing extreme tiredness and inactivity.
Stress is another factor, which causes fatigue. Make sure you try to reduce your stress level. Vent out your tensions and share your problems with someone in your family or a reliable friend.
Learn to prioritize and plan your work effectively in order to reduce work overload. There is a long list, which can help you reduce stress like laughter, looking for the positive things in life, being addiction free, exercising regularly, socializing, and spiritual faith and so on.
Link between Dehydration and Fatigue
One of the effects that dehydration has on our bodies is fatigue. Sufficient blood supply to the organs is reduced as a result of dehydration. Dehydration also causes muscle and joint pains, which makes a person inactive and hence causes fatigue.
Make sure that you drink sufficient amount of water daily and have a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Also, it is a good practice to drink water as soon as you get up in the morning in order to replace the loss caused at night. Also, make sure that you do not spend a long time without water or fluids. For example, if you are out, then make sure that you carry water with you.
Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Weight gain is one of the most unpleasant symptom of hypothyroidism which affects the overall health but also the looks of a person. Obesity is also one of the reasons for fatigue. It is difficult for an obese person to exercise and an obese person gets tired very soon even after a few minutes of activity.
Obesity directly affects the energy levels of a person. Hence, it is necessary to maintain a healthy weight with the help of a balanced diet and regular exercise. A healthy weight will help in increasing the energy levels and help cope with fatigue.
Thyroid Supplements and Treatment for fighting Thyroid Symptoms
Apart from the tips and suggestions above to cope with hypothyroid fatigue, the first approach for anyone suffering from hypothyroidism will be to visit a reliable doctor who will suggest the necessary tests for you.
Your doctor should be such that he or she is patient enough to understand what symptoms you are suffering from and what medication you require to improve your thyroid condition and also your overall health.
Depending on your test result and other symptoms you suffer from, apart from fatigue, your doctor will suggest which thyroid supplement is to be taken and in what amount. This amount, again, differs depending on your TSH levels.
Also, in consultation with your doctor, you can take additional supplements, which might also include herbal, natural, and ayurvedic supplements can help in maintaining your energy levels. Nutritional deficiencies can be dealt with by taking the necessary supplements and this can help you deal with fatigue.
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