Us Talbot girls pride ourselves on our fast-paced, busy lifestyles. Sometimes it amazes us how much we can pack into a day, a skill we’ve always found beneficial to juggle our work, our families and friendships. However this type of lifestyle can definitely take its toll. AJ started seeing a naturopath last year to start working on holistic measures to improve her overall health and wellbeing, because we all need a little TLC once in a while! One of the terms which was brought up during her sessions was “Adrenal Fatigue”. For those of you who are totally unfamiliar with this term…don’t worry, so were we.
So the question begs…what the hell is adrenal fatigue?
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a term used by holistic practitioners to define the adrenal glands running on empty, and the state of mind and body a person feels. It is usually associated with high levels of stress. Our glands release high levels of cortisol during stressful periods, which is the most important hormone we have to help the body deal with stress. During periods of prolonged stress, these glands become overworked and aren’t able to keep up with the demand. As a result, our poor old cortisol levels crash and our body can’t respond appropriately to these high pressure situations.
What does it feel like to have adrenal fatigue?
We all know what it feels like to get an adrenaline rush…you know that feeling when you’re about to do something that frightens you, like speaking in front of a huge crowd, or when you’re about to take a big risk, like telling somebody you love them for the first time, or do something exciting and extreme like sky-diving or cliff jumping…your palms get sweaty, your heart beats out of your chest, you start to feel a rush all over, you feel dizzy and lightheaded. Now imagine experiencing that feeling multiple times a day, every day. You could be doing the most mundane of tasks, sending an email, preparing dinner, getting dressed. If most people start their normal day on a stress scale of 1-10 at a 1, someone with adrenal fatigue starts at about an 7 or 8…enter a stress trigger, and they’ve sky-rocketed to a 12. Hello anxiety and goodbye immune system. As you can imagine, this can be quite a crippling feeling.
How can I tell if my adrenal glands are fatigued?
You may experience some of the following:
– You feel tired for no reason
– You have trouble getting out of bed, even when you’ve had a decent night’s sleep
– You constantly feel overwhelmed and anxious
– You have difficulty recovering from being sick
– You crave salty and sweet snacks
How can I manage and cure adrenal fatigue?
The good news is, by implementing healthier practices in your everyday life you can get better and feel your best again. Here are a few tips:
1) Seek help. We highly recommend visiting a naturopath so they can assess your individual personal situation. They will tailor a plan for you which will involve lifestyle practices along with possibly some homeopathic remedies to help get your life back on track.
2) Rest. As we said, we love our busy lifestyles, however that love can very quickly turn to stress if you don’t take care of yourself and take time out for YOU.
3) Avoid coffee and sugar! Caffeine and sugar causes your adrenaline to spike, which leads your blood sugar levels to rush and subsequently crash. If you’re experiencing adrenal fatigue, you’ll be more prone to feelings of anxiety and feeling uncomfortable when your blood sugar levels rush.
d) Do something for yourself. We all like to look out for others, take care of family and friends, but remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for them. Meditate, run a hot bath, read a good book, get a massage – give yourself a little love and your body will love you back!
The Talbot Girls xx
(Images sourced from Katie Joy Crawford)