Hypothyroid is a common medical condition in our western culture and is basically an underactive thyroid. I would argue that many people don’t even know they have it and if they do they may not be doing anything about it. It is not a condition that will stop you from doing what you need to do in daily life so therefore most people will ignore it for years. Eventually, it will take its toll on your body if you let it continue to get worse and do not take steps to correct it.
It is hard to know where to start when addressing self-care, but for you as a nurse, self-care is critical. As a nurse, you tend to put other’s needs ahead of your own, but I am here to tell you to put yourself first by performing proper and consistent self-care. You have a duty to yourself, your family, your profession, and your patients to be a good example of health. I know that is a big pill to swallow, but it illustrates the importance of prioritizing self-care. If you do not choose self-care while you still can, then you will require healthcare eventually, and maybe sooner than you thought. Once you start requiring healthcare services, it is going to be difficult for you to get back to a place where you have a choice and then everybody else will be serving you. Choose wisely while you still can.