Do you do these things and think you can get away with them?
- Work hard
- party hard
- stay up late
- drink coffee and alcohol
When we live a fast-paced lifestyle, we rely on the adrenalin in our bodies to keep us going. It can give us an addictive rush and for a while we might actually enjoy being in a constant hectic state. But what about the damage we are doing to our body? As our body struggles to meet the high-pressure demands of a 24-hour day, we run the very real risk of adrenal fatigue.
Are you in an Adrenal Avalanch?
Just like a tiny snowball building intensity into an avalanche, your daily rituals could be the beginnings of your adrenal avalanche. The casualty? Your health!
The warning bells:
• High stress at work leaves you wired at night
• You’re not sleeping well
• You wake up completely exhausted
• You can’t live without coffee, tea, alcohol, coke (either kind!)
• Your stomach is always in a knot, your shoulders are constantly sore.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is caused by a prolonged use of adrenalin. There’s a three-month period where your body can deal with the heightened adrenalin in your system; it helps you manage the fight or flight response. If you prolong this period, your adrenal system hits fatigue causing the body to run on cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone that helps us cope with stressful situations. When you’re running on cortisol your muscles tense, fat cells open, sugar is released and anxiety reigns. If that’s not enough, cortisol causes your blood pressure to go up as well as your weight.
Some common indicators of adrenal exhaustion are:
• Feeling tired and unrefreshed after waking in the morning
• Finding it difficult to get going in the morning pre-coffee
• Feeling tired after exercising
• Extreme tiredness after a stressful event has occurred
• Chronic allergies, inflammation or digestive problems
• Illnesses, from low grade throat infections, all the way to chronic fatigue
Recovering from adrenal fatigue
Prolonged stress can be caused by a number of things. It could be from working long hours, being in an unhealthy relationship or even unresolved grief. When you add late nights, coffee, alcohol and partying into the mix, it’s the perfect recipe for burnout. When you reach the burnout stage, adjusting your attitude isn’t enough. You need to force yourself to slow down and cut back on time consuming commitments.
Slow yourself down with these helpful tips:
- Start the day with a relaxing ritual whether it’s meditation, yoga, gentle stretching or something else inspiring and calming.
- Stick to a healthy eating, exercising and sleeping plan because regular exercise and plenty of rest will increase your natural energy levels.
- Don’t over extend yourself. Set boundaries both professionally and personally and learn to say no.
- Take a break from technology for a set time every day and put your computer and phone on hold.
- Engage your creative side and take up a fun new hobby that will distract you from any day-to-day stresses.
- Acupuncture is an amazing way to stop the adrenal avalanche. It takes about 3-5 treatments, and rebalances all your energy systems. Find a practitioner.