Empower Your Mornings: Building a Routine that Respects Your Body


Good morning, beautiful souls! As a woman entrepreneur or professional, you know the drill: the alarm buzzes, and before you even open your eyes, your to-do list is running a marathon in your mind. But when Hashimoto’s steps into the picture, it’s like adding hurdles to that marathon. So, how do we build a morning routine that respects our bodies but also sets us up for a successful day?

Here are a few tips to empower your mornings:

1. Gentle Awakening

Replace the blaring alarm with a gentle or soothing alarm tone. Consider making up time that allows for fluctuations in your energy levels due to Hashimoto’s. Giving yourself the time to start the day gently can make a significant difference in managing stress and fatigue (fierce enemies of Hashimoto’s).

2. Hydration check

Start your day with a glass of water. Hydration is key, especially for thyroid function. Your can add a slice of lemon, or drink a cup of warm water as I do. Warm water first thing in the morning has several benefits: it helps hydrate, wakes up your metabolism (God knows how important it is when you have Hashimoto’s!), it helps you detox (especially when you add some lemon), relieves nasal congestion. This simple act of self-care signals to your body that you’re on its side.

3. Mindful Time

Before the day’s hustle takes over, find a quiet corner for some mindfulness practices. This could be meditation, deep breathing exercises, or journaling. Although I’m not an early bird, I must say I find clarity in these quiet hours, and you might too, allowing you to start the day with a centered and peaceful mind.

4. Nourish Your Body

A nutritious breakfast can help manage Hashimoto’s symptoms. Start the day with a balanced breakfast rich in protein, healthy fats, and fibers. Personally I like to vary my breakfast during the week: some days it may be avocado toast, or eggs or a smoothie packed with greens, berries, and some protein, on other days I love oatmeal with seeds, nuts and some fruit (blueberries are my favourite). Tailor your diet to what fuels your body best, keeping in mind any food sensitivities. If you are taking levothyroxine, remember to avoid soy in any form in the morning.

5. Movement

Incorporate a form of gentle exercise that you enjoy. It could be yoga, stretching, a short walk, or even dancing in your living room. I personally practice qi gong: I love to move not only my body but also my energy. Exercise helps reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance energy levels. Remember, it’s not about intensity but consistency and enjoyment too.

6. Dress for Success

Choose outfits that make you feel confident and that are comfortable too. With Hashimoto’s, you might experience changes in your body. Wearing clothes that make you feel good can boost your self-esteem and comfort throughout the day.

7. Gratitude

Before stepping into the world, list three things you’re grateful for. This practice can shift your mindset and help manage the emotional burden of chronic illness. It’s about finding lightness, even on the tougher days.

8. Lean on Your Support System

Remember, it’s okay to ask for help (it’s been difficult for me for so many years…). Share your goals and routines with friends, family, or colleagues who can offer support. Don’t hesitate to seek their help and support.

9. Celebrate Small Wins

Finally, acknowledge your accomplishments, no matter how small. Making it through your morning routine is a victory. Cherish the small victories, one step at a time.

Creating a morning routine when you have Hashimoto’s disease might require trial and error, and what works for one person may not work for another. The key is to listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Remember, you’re not just managing a condition; you’re setting the stage for a day where you can thrive, not just survive.

Your journey with Hashimoto’s is uniquely yours, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Building a supportive morning routine is a form of self-love and an acknowledgement of your strength and resilience. It’s about creating a space where your well-being is the priority.

Your morning routine isn’t just a list of tasks; it’s a ritual of self-care that empowers you to meet the challenges and joys of the day ahead.


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