If there’s one thing I’m intimately familiar with (for better or worse), it’s being in a funk.
In general, I am a deeply emotional and highly sensitive person. I find it difficult not to get swept up in my imagination, which that tends to steer me in a direction of negativity when left unchecked.
I can also end up in full-blown autopilot mode if I don’t actively drive my own life. Before I know it, I find myself on the couch for the second (or third) week in a row, I haven’t spoken to anyone I love in days, and I’ve done just the bare minimum to get by.
I spent the first three months of my pregnancy feverishly reading online pregnancy forums, trying to figure out if what I was experiencing as a first-time-preggo was normal or not.
There were things that I of course expected to happen, like nausea and fatigue, but some of the changes were just so damn weird, I was convinced there was something wrong with me.
But nope! Turns out everything I felt was completely on par with common pregnancy woes- they just happen to be less talked about out in the open.
As you go through this post, remember that each person (and each pregnancy!) is different, so these may not ever apply to you- and that’s okay! Pregnancy is a strange time indeed, and we all have our own versions of normal. :]
So, that being said, let’s dive right in to the 8 strange symptoms that had me thinking ‘what in the HECK is going on with me?!’
After I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and was experiencing debilitating panic attacks, dizziness, brain fog, and the overall fear of what this all meant for my future, I knew I had to choose some different approaches to my life.
I have a tendency of being extremely hard on myself, pushing myself to [non-existent] perfection. No doubt this had a massive part to play in the most frightening flare-up I’ve ever had.
Because an autoimmune condition isn’t just physical. Our mindset, stress levels, and emotional health can impact both the illness itself and our experience within it.
So I took stock, made some decisive changes, and found that after just a couple months of consistency in these 10 areas, I stopped having panic attacks. I could feel my overall anxiety waning, my brain fog started clearing up, and I even felt joy to be in my body–something I had never achieved by high-intensity-training myself into the ground.
So whether you’re new to the autoimmune world (welcome, friend!), or you’re just looking for new ways to care for yourself, give some of these an honest try. You could even set a 30-day goal, and note how you feel as each day passes!
Kicking off our first Village Conversation with something as intense as the vaccine controversy may seem as wise as me setting off fireworks in my kitchen, but there’s nothing like a good ol’ impassioned argument to really get a party started, amiright? :)
But really, I never shy away from the hard topics, and I hope this collection of information helps you if you’re on-the-fence or confused, and that it supports you to make a better informed decision about vaccines and their place in your personal life, family, and the world at large.
Obviously, this list barely scratches the surface, and there are a multitude of studies and books and experts that this list doesn’t touch on.
But it’s a launching-off point. And a pretty good one, I think. I’ve learned so frigging much from my research (big, big thanks to those of you who contributed), and I hope it serves you–and your family–well.