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Running a small business with Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's Disease

December 31, 2020

Running a small business with Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's Disease

This week there won't be a new studio vlog, instead I recorded this health update video.

My name is Natalie and I run a small business with a whole bunch of chronic illnesses. 

For the last few weeks I have been so extremely exhausted. One of my main symptoms is fatigue, the second one is brain fog, and the third is pain.

Fibromyalgia

Years ago my pain was way worse, I live with Fibromyalgia. By doing small little exercises and things to reduce my inflammation, I have been able to get my pain under control. Changing my way of eating with an anti-inflammatory diet and trying to get on a proper sleep schedule has helped me greatly in reducing my Fibromyalgia pains.

 

Living with Hashimoto's Disease fatigue

The other things that I live with Hashimoto's disease, that's an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. And that's the thing that makes me so tired. Like soooo tired. First I thought I am just overworked because I have worked non stop from mid-March till end of November without a day off. That has put a stress on me.

Some thyroid issues for me are swollen eyes, swollen hands and feet, and utter exhaustion. I sleep 9 hours a night, and during the day another 1 to 2 hours, and I am still exhausted. I have no motivation to do anything, and that's very unlike me.

I have been exhausted while doing nothing. The word exhaustion and fatigue don't even touch upon what I feel. There really should be a better word for that.

I take natural thyroid supplements, I have taken the synthetic ones in the past but they didn't work for me. Anyway I now take the natural ones and they help me feel much better.

This morning I have upped my dosage a bit to see in the coming days if I will be a little less exhausted. Let's hope that was what's missing and I can start to feel better soon.

 

Anxiety starts to creep in

Another thing that comes along with feeling like this (exhausted and unmotivated) is self doubt. I start to question everything I do, am I doing a good enough job? Am I making the right decision? Things like that.

I have sent an email out to my email subscribers asking them if they wanted me to change the way I email. Because I got a few emails asking if I could make a weekly summary and mail that out instead of the multiple emails per week.

This means more work for me and I don't know how realistic it is for me to take that on, but I decided I needed to ask to see how the bulk of the people felt about it.

In the end I have gotten many many replies and spend hours responding to each and every one. Over 95% of the people were totally fine with the way I have been sharing and sending emails.

That really made me feel better and helped me calm my anxiety a bit.

 

No studio vlog this week

The reason there is no studio vlog this week is that I simply don't have the energy to edit videos. I have got 3 weeks of clips to edit into studio vlogs. With me taking a break, I also need to take a break from editing and filming, so that's what I'm done.

Next week on Saturday January 9th there will be a new Studio vlog like normal.

Wishing you a very happy new year!

Sending love, light, and healing your way

Natalie





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