There is hope if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue or if you would like to prevent adrenal fatigue. One of the biggest, most positive changes that you can do to prevent or recover from adrenal fatigue is to change your lifestyle.
Without lifestyle changes generally you will not be able to heal completely from adrenal fatigue. I know lifestyle changes are extremely hard to make, but like everything in life slowly over time things become a habit and second nature. For many of us, second nature is working long hours, not getting enough sleep or exercise, not getting good nutrition, vitamins and minerals, generally not taking any down time for ourselves.
Making lifestyle changes will not happen overnight, but will happen over time. If you know why you are making the changes. For me climbing the hill was worth it for the increase in energy and vitality that I had every day. When I experienced (still experience) adrenal fatigue, I feel tired, hazy, and just not myself. I end up making poor decisions, feel depressed, and lack energy and vitality.
Adrenal fatigue is directly linked to our high stress lifestyles. Here are a couple of client stories:
Teddy, was in his early 20s, a studious student, he was in his last year of college and was working 2 jobs, and holding down a full time class schedule. He was getting about 4-5 hours of sleep a night. He also did his fair share of partying, drinking and smoking pot. Over the summer, he went on a backpacking trip to Europe. In the middle of the trip he was notified that his sister was in a car accident and he needed to come home right away.
When he returned home, to the stress of seeing his sister in the hospital, suddenly Teddy’s energy level started to wane. He was having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. Even going to see his sister in the hospital was a chore. In the past Teddy felt fine with only 4-5 hours of sleep a night. Now he was tired and lethargic even after 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
His sister’s car accident was the catalyst of Teddy’s adrenal fatigue. All throughout college Teddy pushed and pushed himself and over time weakened his immune and adrenal function. When your adrenals are compromised then a serious life stressor, such as the car accident caused his adrenals to fail.
Monica, was a high powered real estate agent, who owned her own company. She was high energy and constantly on the go with social and business events. Monica often worked 10-12 hour days and on the weekends. To keep up with her on the go lifestyle, Monica ate out a lot for business meetings, and ate fast food almost daily. To keep her energy levels up she would drink 4-5 sodas a day for the caffeine and sugar rush. Monica would often have a hard time falling to sleep and resorted to taking sleeping pills 1-2 times a week.
One day, she found out that her company was being sued for a real estate that had gone south. With no emotional or physical margin, Monica fell into a deep depression. Even though she knew she has to fight the lawsuit, she just didn’t have the energy to do anything about it. She ended up losing her business and filing bankruptcy.
Monica’s case is a common one of adrenal fatigue brought on by overwork, lack of good nutrition, sleep and exercise, and no relaxation time. When she found out she was being sued, Monica was running on empty, her adrenals were already depleted and she had no reserves to tap into.
How do you prevent or recover from adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal glands cannot heal from fatigue unless they have the opportunity to rest. With rest that doesn’t mean being in bed all day, it means removing and minimizing harmful stressors in your life. It also means making a big lifestyle change, but will support and help it is doable. You will once again feel energetic, and healthy.