10 Pieces of Healing Wisdom To Those Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is a long, exhausting road. I’ve been walking it a long time, but it has taught me invaluable lessons about living my life. I’ve had to learn to listen to my body instead of telling my symptoms to go away. Here are 10 healing pieces of wisdom I want everyone recovering from adrenal fatigue to know.
1. More laughter
Laughter is medicine, and all of us with adrenal fatigue need comic relief from the stress life gives us in liberal doses. Give yourself excuses to laugh and melt that tension from your shoulders. Laugh at yourself, laugh at your favorite comedian, and when life gives you more stress try to laugh instead of cry. Science shows that laughter reduces the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. If you have adrenal fatigue, your adrenals are sick and tired of slamming the gas pedal. Your body is sick and tired of being flooded with these stress hormones. Throw your head back and laugh the stress away.
2. More sleep
This sounds so simple, but do we really give ourselves permission to sleep more and take naps when we need them? Sleep is critical to healing from adrenal fatigue. Sleep recharges your batteries and allows your adrenals to rest without any stimulation. I’ve read that many people with fatigue need to sleep until at least 9 a.m. each morning. No matter how much sleep you need; give yourself permission to sleep because you can’t heal without it.
3. More no’s
Our adrenals burn out because we have been stuck in overdrive for way too long. In order to heal, it is imperative that we say no to certain activities or in response to pressure from certain people to perform because we need time to recharge our weary souls. Say no to more stressful stimuli and yes to more me-time. Your adrenals will thank you.
4. More relaxation
I know this is obvious, but when I started to address my adrenal health I just wanted them to hurry up and get fixed so that I could go some more. I didn’t respect them in the beginning, but now I do. I choose to respect my body because I respect myself. This respect means that I learned how to relax for perhaps the first time in my life. Relaxation equals escape… we must learn what makes us escape and really escape from reality because our adrenals can’t heal until we truly unplug from our environment.
5. More positivity
Negative energy is a real thing. I am a very perceptive person, and I suspect that everyone with adrenal fatigue is in part. We soak up the world’s negative energy, and it dampens our own happiness. Our stress response gets kicked into high-gear by someone else’s bad day because if there is one thing we hate, it’s tension. I had to train my mind to be more positive, and I still struggle with this sometimes. However, one step in the right direction is the first step to success. Replace that negative energy with positivity, and you’ll notice that your soul feels that much lighter.
6. Less go time
I’ve learned something else about myself. I can’t go and go and go. For a long time this frustrated me to no end. I asked my adrenals why they couldn’t just let me function. They whispered back that my body is not a machine. I can perform fast and hard for a day or two, but if I don’t stop when I feel myself getting worn down then I crash. I try to prevent that from happening by listening to my body. Exhaustion simply means we need some more rest. We don’t expect our car to run on empty, and we shouldn’t expect our bodies to either. What has helped me is learning to schedule down time as well as go time. This harmonious balance has helped me to thrive in my healing journey with adrenal fatigue.
7. Less coffee
I know this advice isn’t going to be popular and that’s okay. I’m telling you because it worked for me. I used to drink over five cups of coffee a day, and I loved my java. However, I love my energy more. I know that sounds like the most ironic statement of the year, but caffeine was stressing my adrenals every day by stimulating them to perform around the clock. As soon as I realized I was harming my adrenals with coffee, I respected myself enough to stop. I noticed an immediate improvement, and it is very freeing not to rely on a beverage to keep me going anymore. I’m overjoyed to say that I’ve healed enough that I don’t need coffee anymore.
8. Less sugar
Our adrenals produce the hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol which all play a part in blood sugar regulation. When we eat sugar we directly place more stress on our already fatigued adrenals. I have experienced great relief from adrenal fatigue symptoms by cutting sugar out of my diet completely.
9. Less toxicity
Toxic exposure is very debilitating to our adrenals, whether it is a toxic chemical or a toxic person. We need to give ourselves permission to heal by distancing ourselves from these toxins, especially endocrine disrupting chemicals. Our adrenals are part of the endocrine system, and thus they are affected by EDC’s in many items including cosmetics, fragrances, and household cleaning products. I utilize EWG.org’s databases when I’m in doubt as to a product’s environmental safety.
10. Less stimulation
Stimulation comes in many forms in our world, from traffic to electronics. We need to protect ourselves from overstimulation because this exhausts our adrenals. Several steps I’ve incorporated in my daily life to achieve this goal are: silencing my phone, limiting excursions on a daily basis that stress me such as shopping or too much socializing, and distancing myself from electronics several hours before bed.
If you are recovering from adrenal fatigue, I highly recommend the book: Adrenal Fatigue by James L. Wilson. You will find these tips and many more that will help you to find healing.
I hope these pieces of advice encourage you that you are not alone in your adrenal fatigue journey and help you to continue your path to healing. The adrenals are incredible glands that have the potential to enrich our life or destroy it. We need to give them our respect.
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