5 Relaxation Therapies for Hypothyroidism


Denise Mann, MS

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Stress makes everything worse—and your hypothyroidism is no exception. As many as 90% of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related problems, according to The American Institute of Stress.

Exactly how stress affects hypothyroidism isn't fully understood, but several theories exist. For starters, when you are stressed out, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol, which can interfere with the production of thyroid hormones. Your thyroid's main job is to produce hormones that help your body use energy, stay warm, and keep all of your organs functioning to the best of their ability. Hypothyroidism and its symptoms, such as fatigue, lack of energy, excessive daytime sleepiness, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, and hair loss occur when these hormones are in short supply.

If you have a sluggish thyroid, you likely don't feel well, which can be extremely stressful in its own right.

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