Adrenal fatigue has many components, the physical level being a critical factor in healing so the body can come back into balance; but adrenal fatigue is not permanently healed without looking at the emotional, mental and spiritual components as well. My goal is to help you to understand adrenal fatigue and also give you the necessary tools to heal. You can click here to learn more about my experience with adrenal fatigue and how I healed.
How Did This Happen?
Our modern day world has meant that many of us are feeling stressed way too often. This is often due to some kind of ongoing emotional stress, but can also be from physical or mental stress.
The results of chronic stress can cause the adrenal glands to become exhausted and the sympathetic nervous system becomes over stimulated. We can then find ourselves dealing with a host of debilitating symptoms like extreme muscle fatigue and weakness, body aches, muscle loss, difficulty falling asleep at night, initial weight loss then weight gain, low blood sugar, hair loss, digestive disturbances, susceptibility to respiratory infections and viruses, light headedness, fogginess, reduced sex drive, depression and anxiety. It doesn’t sound that fun does it!
Why Am I Feeling This Way?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are not functioning properly resulting in an inability to produce hormones like cortisol and DHEA in the way that they should. In the early stages of adrenal fatigue, cortisol levels are often very high making us feel tired and wired at night; and if the adrenal fatigue moves to a more severe stage, cortisol levels become very low making it difficult to function normally, and this is where our energy can flat line. There is nothing left in the tank so to speak. With DHEA, production usually decreases when under stress and can cause a knock on effect with many of the other sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone and tostesterone, resulting in issues with pms, menopause, andropause and thyroid issues.
This is the thing with adrenal fatigue, one system affects another, then affects another, and so on, until many systems in the body are not functioning properly, producing a host of symptoms too many to mention here.
YIKES, What Now……???
The mainstream medical world does not recognise the term adrenal fatigue because it is not a disease as such but rather a collection of sign and symptoms, but I can assure you these symptoms are very real, and anyone going through adrenal fatigue can tell you this.
There are many stages of adrenal fatigue and the severity of your symptoms will determine what type of treatment is best for you and how long it can take to recover from. A mild form of adrenal fatigue may take 6 months to recover from and more severe cases can take up to 2-3 years. However, know that you are a unique individual and this is just a rough guideline.
STEPS TO HEALING ADRENAL FATIGUE
1. Find a Natural Health Practitioner or a Doctor who understands Adrenal Fatigue.
Before you commit to seeing someone, be sure to ask them if they understand how to treat adrenal fatigue and whether they have had experience with this. Trust your intuition as to who feels like the right fit for you. There are many different ways to heal the physical aspect and you need to find what works best for you. Your practitioner can set up some testing for you to establish if there is something else going on with your health or if adrenal fatigue is in fact the issue. They can also obtain a very detailed case history from you which usually gives a very good picture of what is going on.
2. Engage in Activities that are Calming.
The second step is to engage in as many activities as you can that are calming for you. This supports the parasympathetic nervous system and allows you to release calming hormones like oxytocin, dopamine and endorphins.
Engaging in activities like
* calming breathing exercises,
* walking or simply being in nature,
* easy walks and/or yoga,
* doing creative activities that you love;
these are all an essential part of your healing journey. Engage in activities that feel peaceful and calming for you.
3. Look into Your Underlying Emotional Patterns.
Your physical healing must be supported with your emotional healing for full recovery to occur. The mind body connection with adrenal fatigue is about not standing in your power. We too often give our power away to others, while compromising our own needs and very quickly become worn out and exhausted with our lives. Look into what is going on in your life and how your emotions may be negatively affecting your physical health. It can be very worthwhile to work with a therapist who resonates with you and look into these issues.
4. Get Support.
Healing adrenal fatigue is not something you want to do alone. We all need support in our lives. Find the support that you need on all levels; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This will really help you to understand and come to terms with what caused the adrenal fatigue in the first place and begin to address those areas in your life.
5. Be Patient With the Process.
The great thing is that you can heal from adrenal fatigue. It can just take a little time. It took a little while to get there, and it just takes a little while to get back. The exact healing time is different for everyone, and is really dependent on the new lifestyle that you are creating for yourself and how severely your adrenals have been affected.
To help you with taking these steps to healing adrenal fatigue, refer to these blog posts below which will help you to more fully understand what adrenal fatigue is and what to do about it.
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