Adrenal Fatigue: A Modern Day Affliction
The Start of Adrenal Fatigue
In 2006, I started experiencing adrenal fatigue At the time I had no idea what adrenal health was, but as I learned more and more I realized that my body was starting to break down due to years of stress being an entrepreneur and pushing my body to limits both physically and emotionally. My adrenal fatigue didn’t manifest overnight and it took me awhile to admit that I was having problems.
Pushing my Body to the Limits
In my twenties, I worked as much as my body would allow me. Waking up at 4am in the morning to work was normal for me. Being on call 7 days a week and thinking about my business non stop was fun and energizing. I had the energy to sustain myself and the stress and work load.
As I got more and more ambitious, wanting to move to the next level professionally. I found that I was getting more and more tired. In my late twenties, I created and opened a turn key massage center with the hopes of franchising nationwide. This was also when my energy levels were starting to wane. Being the typical driven, hard working American. I pushed my way through the tiredness and forced myself to work at the same levels I had grown accustomed to over the years.
Admitting I had Adrenal Problems
The more I pushed the more my body pushed back, my adrenal fatigue was not going to go away. Suddenly, getting out of bed in the morning was becoming a chore. After working for a few hours I would be exhausted ready to go back to bed. I was feeling hopeless, tired and lacked internal motivation. My thoughts would feel foggy or hazy throughout the day. A majority of the decisions I made did not come from a place of clarity, but a place of complacency. I chose the path of least resistance to get what needed to get done done. This lead to costly mistakes. Hiring and hanging on to staff members that were stealing, spending money unwisely and entering into long term contracts that I didn’t understand, and making impulsive decisions, without seeking advice from trusted friends and colleagues. Click here to read more on adrenal fatigue and workaholism
Falling into Depression
As I started to fall deeper into a depression, I realized that I needed to sell my business and let go of any notions around expanding. Every day that went by it took all of my energy just to get through the day. Looking for, and negotiating with a buyer for my business was the last thing that I had any bandwidth to handle. Little did I know or understand that I was having adrenal problems and adrenal fatigue. Now looking back I realize that my adrenals were completely depleted. Click here for the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue
Amazingly, with the help of my friend and business broker we were able to sell my business. Then began my quest to regain my health and energy back. For a period of 6 months in 2008 I basically slept, ate and read novels. The hardest thing was the battle with my mind. Letting go of the belief that I was lazy, complacent and a failure. I had to admit that I was tired, adrenally fatigued, and worn out. If I kept pushing myself I would inevitably develop something more chronic such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. I had to embrace extreme self care and for the first time in my life, say no to people and activities.
Steps toward Recovery
I knew I had to make some drastic lifestyle changes if I wanted to recover. I let go of all of my social activities and became a hermit. I did as little work as possible even though financially it was a rough time. I knew I couldn’t put off dealing with my health.
SLEEP and REST
I allowed my body to get as much rest and sleep as it needed with no judgment. I stopped setting alarms and was typically in bed by 10pm every evening. I continue to sleep 8-10 hours a night and also take naps throughout the day.
SIMPLFIED and CLEANSED MY BODY
Slowed down and started simplifying my life. Clearing out clutter and things I didn’t need.
I did a liver cleanse, which helped me remove unwanted toxins in my body and feed my body with super nutrient rich minerals and vitamins. Learn more about Nutritional Cleansing
HELP and SUPPORT
Focused on getting good minerals into my body, I sought professional help from a wonderful Naturopathic Doctor, Tiffany Binder. Where she determined my food allergies and deficiencies and went on a series of supplements to help re-build my adrenals and immune system. I also spent time around my family because they gave me unconditional love and support.
That was over a year ago that I finally acknowledged that I had adrenal fatigue and adrenal problems. Now I am on the road to recovery. It has been a long road to get my adrenal health back on track. I have received many lessons in patience, introspection and reflection. Creating a different way of living that includes lots of fun and balance.