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.
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
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