Tis’ the season for slowing down to savor what this season is all about.
Just before Thanksgiving I found out my thyroid had gone haywire again. Suddenly all of my festive holiday plans nearly came to a halt.
If you read my book Dwelling or have followed my wellness journey for awhile, you might remember that I have an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s (among other conditions I’ve experienced in the past including hypothyroidism, anxiety and panic attacks).
Over the years I have gratefully been able to almost completely reverse the debilitating symptoms I used to experience. Plus by focusing on health, I haven’t had a virus or any illness in over four years!
Staying well is not something I take for granted. It’s a daily commitment for me. But dealing with auto-immune diseases can be so tricky. Recently I had an unfortunate series of circumstances that sent my thyroid into another tailspin.
It’s a long story (I will share more on what happened after the holidays), but as a result, I discovered right before Thanksgiving that my TSH level had shot up to 208 (and many other levels tested equally horrible)!!!
For those of you who have thyroid issues, you know that number is definitely not good.
Gratefully (but surprisingly!!) other than being cold all the time, feeling like my brain hasn’t been keeping up with me :) and a few incidents of mild anxiety-like symptoms, I’m doing really well and on the mend.
I know if it wasn’t for my daily wellness routines, my strong immune system and good thyroid/endocrine/ support to help my body heal, I would be feeling terrible! I remember all too well how awful it can be.
But due to the severity of the thyroid levels and the importance of focusing on health, I decided at Thanksgiving that it was a good time to step back from everything I could and give myself an extended time to rest and heal.
It’s been a long time since I’ve taken this much time off, but over the years I’ve learned that it is so important that we listen to our bodies, that we pay attention to our health and that we give ourselves grace.
Making time for ourselves (especially around the holidays!) isn’t always easy for many of us. For me, big deadlines had to be postponed, holiday decorating and posts were put on hold, and I’ve had to let go of a few tasks and projects I had planned to complete this month.
While I wish I didn’t have to deal with autoimmune issues, I am so grateful to be able to make time for a quieter season. I’m very much enjoying it, in fact, I have found it to be inspiring my creativity, too! I’ve come up with so many new ideas for my home just by sitting still. I can’t wait to share them with you in the coming weeks.
Speaking of making time for ourselves, my brand new guided wellness journal, Dwelling Well, will be released the first week in January! Dwelling Well can complement your reading of Dwelling (but can be used completely independently).
The timing for this journal couldn’t be better for me and I hope for you, too.
I’m so looking forward to using this journal myself in 2020 to refocus and restore a healthy balance of well-being to my life. I’ll tell you more about the journal soon, but even if you aren’t a “journal person” I think you’ll find this one unique and so helpful! I hope y’all will preorder a copy (you don’t pay for it until it releases) and go through it with me this year!
What do you have planned for Christmas?
We have family coming up this weekend and I can’t wait! We will be making gingerbread houses, watching our favorite movies, eating good food, and going to a Christmas Eve service. And I intend to spend a lot of time curled up under my coziest blanket, sipping tea by the fire and reflecting on what this season is all about.