What if I told you that healing Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is really about your ability to handle all that is going on in your life, while still having the time, the focus and the commitment to care equally as much for yourself.
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome comes about when the balance of all that we do for everyone else and everything else is not in balance with what we do to love and care for ourselves. It really is as simple as that. What is not so simple for many of us, is actually finding this balance in our every day lives.
There have been times during my recovery period when I felt like I was going back into some symptoms of adrenal fatigue. They weren’t severe symptoms like I had originally experienced, but they were enough to make me sit up and take notice. One such situation was a couple of years after my worst stages. I was commuting 3-4 days a week for work an hour and a quarter each way from my home. In the times I wasn’t working I felt so fatigued just trying to recover my energy. I realised I had to make some immediate changes.
So, I decided to cut back to 2 days commuting with days in between, I made a decision to begin to make plans to move back closer to my work at the time support my overall life and I took a complete break of 10 days. I took herbs to help my nervous system and my adrenals and I realised that the balance between my responsibilities in life and my ability to spend time on my self-care had been compromised.
Yes, you’ve got to take care of the physical aspects of adrenal fatigue syndrome but you’ve also got to take care of what’s hiding underneath.
So, let’s talk 3 secrets in healing adrenal fatigue syndrome coming at it from a holistic perspective.
1. STOP doing everything for everyone else.
Attending to everyone else’s needs before your own is quite literally exhausting. Start to say NO to others requests and take some time out for you.
Doing things like going to get your hair done, having a manicure, practising yoga, meditating, going for a walk in nature, reading a great novel are actually essential in your healing process. It shows to the Universe that you value yourself and that your needs are important.
Engaging in these kinds of things heightens the parasympathetic nervous system and allows the “feel-good” hormones to take over. As the “feel-good” hormones take over the stress hormones relax and reduce the amount of pulsating they are doing throughout your body. The result is positive for you and everyone around you!
2. Let Go of Control.
Yes! Let go of trying to control situations in your life, and let go of trying to control others. As you let go of trying to control things, your adrenal glands get the rest they have been craving.
Allow others to help you, allow your kids to help you at home, allow your partner to pack the dishwasher and feed the cat. Allow someone else at work to pick up the pieces of something that hasn’t been finished.
The old adage of “If I don’t do it, it won’t get done” is one of the causes of your adrenal fatigue and it is not serving you! Do you really want to do something just so it can be done right? Is the exhaustion that you feel as a result of behaving in this way day in and day out really worth it? I don’t think so. 🙁
If you really can’t let go of control, go deeper, and ask yourself, what payoff am I getting by controlling things? Am I getting more attention, more love, more money. It’s time to get to the bottom of this. It may be necessary to get support on this one, working with a counsellor, a coach or a spiritual mentor.
3. Spend time on learning how to love yourself.
I love the work of Louise Hay on the topic of learning how to love yourself. In her opinion, every issue in someone’s life can be healed through self love, and quite frankly I am with her on this one 100%.
Dr Mona Lisa Schulz, who co-authored a book last year with Louise Hay called “All is Well”, has spoken about the addictive nature of adrenal fatigue being about running from the self, fearing life and really not knowing how to love yourself. If you are going to heal from adrenal fatigue syndrome, you must learn how to love yourself.
I would highly recommend the use of affirmations every day (highly advocated by Louise Hay and Dr Mona Lisa Schulz). In a nutshell, speak to yourself in a positive way every day and speak as if things are already happening, ie in the present tense (even if you are not believing it yet, yourself).
For example, say to yourself how wonderful you are, how much time you have for yourself, how easy it is for you to take care of your needs first, how much you love to pamper and care for your body, and so on. Get creative, come up with statements that feel wonderful for you. Just remember, say them in the present tense and with plenty of feeling!!!
What have you found to be helpful in healing adrenal fatigue syndrome?
What tips would you like to add here in the comments?
Well, I’m off now to do some yoga and afterwards watch an uplifting movie!!
Yes, it’s all about me right now and I’m totally ok with that!!
Lots of love to you all
P.S. Remember to check out Louise Hay and Dr Mona Lisa Schulz. You will find much inspiration and motivation.