Rushing Woman's Syndrome, by Libby Weaver, may just change my life. I've read it cover to cover over the last few days, and it gives me a powerful context for my thyroid problems, plus reassurance that having serious symptoms but still having bloods within the medically accepted range is quite common. It has helped me to understand what is going on when I get stressed over only medium-sized organisational challenges, like getting everyone to their respective birthday parties, sports tournaments and kung fu gradings. It's not that what I am organising is impossible, it is that I'm working in frequent (sometimes constant) overdrive so I don't trust that I've remembered everything.
Weaver is a big advocate of yoga, so I'll be sticking with that. She is also passionately in favour of women giving up or cutting back on their alcohol consumption and caffeine consumption. Caffeine is a non-issue for me most of the time, but I'm now over 11 weeks into my alcohol fast, and I feel a lot better for it. I'm even contemplating extending it out to the rest of the year. Turns out that when I am nice to my liver, it is nice back to me.
Weaver acknowledges that many women are very busy, and can't just give things up. But she talks about being 'in the moment' and enjoying the wonderful things which we are right in the middle of. I've realised that the thing which gives me the most deeply relaxing pleasure is gardening, so I'm taking a bit of time as many days as I can in the week to spend in the garden. Even three minutes is great!
She talks about the origins of rushing woman's syndrome and a lot of it makes sense, but the part where she links it to wanting to please our fathers was the least convincing aspect of the book. Sure, I've come to some realisations about where some of my crazy drive comes from, and started to release my assumptions around that, but the daddy thing was too big a generalisation for me.
She talks about estrogen dominance, which I've only skimmed past before, but probably is worth me finding more about. The next recommendations she would make for me (no coffee-tick, no booze-tick) would be to trial no grains for four weeks, and/or no dairy for four weeks. I know from past experience that both would be massively beneficial.
I've done a bit of sewing recently. The emerald half circle skirt is partly pretty and partly terribly made with puckering on the hem. The skirt itself would have looked better as a full circle skirt. Stupid half measures - I'll be going for a circle skirt next time.
Last night I managed to break my machine while sewing a birthday circle skirt for a special six year old. So today I made her a craft bag via hand sewing and filled it with various fabric scraps, ric rac, thread and wool, all of it her favourite colour of blue. I really hope the sewing machine repair man hasn't retired.