I had the flu recently and it knocked me off my feet. Fevers, aches, chills and fatigue took over. On top of that I had some Graves Disease symptoms that I haven’t felt in over a year, and I was terrified. After some tests, I received bad news – I’m experiencing a Graves Disease Relapse.
We caught it early (my doctor thinks the flu caused some thyroiditis that led to some intense symptoms – they’re mostly gone now) but of course I was initially devastated.
But after a couple of weeks of soul searching, I am not surprised by my diagnosis. Here’s why (and what this Graves Disease relapse is teaching me)
There are many building blocks to good health. A great nutritional foundation is certainly one of them, but it doesn’t end there. You are what you eat and drink, but you are also what you think. Our thoughts have the ability to build us up or knock us down. They also have the ability to support or hinder our health. It is so important that you are mindful of the way you think, especially when it comes to what you think about yourself. Self love is one of the healthiest things you can do for your beautiful body. But it’s not always the easiest.
Graves Disease has taught me so much about healing and self-love. In order to heal I had to be honest about my needs, listen to my body and sometimes seek help from the people I love. I also had to become comfortable with the idea of being selfish. Learning to be selfish was incredibly difficult for me. The word itself conjures up a negative image.
But I have come to realize that being selfish is not only healthy, it is necessary, and I think that you should try it too.
I love to end the day with a relaxing bath and a good book. It’s a wonderful way to warm up, wind down, and spend some time alone with your thoughts. Baths have always been my go to relaxation ritual; something that nourished my mind and my spirit. However, there was a time when baths were also a completely unhealthy ritual. Before my health-esteem journey I bathed in a disgusting overload of bubble baths, soaps, oils, fragrances and more. Imagine how horrified I was when I discovered all of the unhealthy chemicals that I had been soaking in for hours at a time.
According to the EWG, on average, women use approximately 12 products per day, containing around 168 unique ingredients. Some of these ingredients might not be the best options for your health. In fact, 1 out of every 24 women are exposed to potential reproductive and developmental toxins through our personal care products. Definitely not something I want to add to my relaxing bath routine.
I was initially perplexed. How could I turn my favourite self-care ritual into something that also nourished my body? That’s when I discovered that I could create my own bath products, and have complete control over what I’d be soaking in for hours.
Here are 3 of my favourite relaxing bath recipes.
What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemon water!
Lemon water is how I start every morning. It’s a daily ritual rich in hydration, vitamin c, and let’s be honest, delicious lemon flavour. I drink a tall glass of room temperature water with the juice of half a lemon first thing every day.
You may be wondering why this simple task is a daily must for me. Here are a few reasons why I highly recommend you try it.