I notice an increase in the amount of people that are exhausted through lifestyle. This is usually caused by working too hard, being perfectionists, trying to be there for everybody else, exercising manically, poor diet and this electronic society we live in where we don’t ‘switch off’.
We are putting huge pressure on our bodies and specifically our adrenal glands. Our adrenal glands are two glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are vital for life – the outer layer known as the adrenal cortex – produces hormones which are vital for life including coristol which a key stress hormone and plays a role in metabolism; and the inner layer – adrenal medulla – produces non-life essential hormones such as adrenalin. Adrenalin comes into play when we are anxious, excited or stressed.
There are a number of disorders associated with the adrenal glands including Cushing’s Syndrome, Adrenal Cancer, and Addison’s Disease.
When we are in chronic stress which may be caused by various issues when we physically and/or mentally over do it for long periods of time, our adrenals are overworked and become fatigued. When this becomes more serious, you are in adrenal failure. Unfortunately doctors do not tend to test for adrenal fatigue and so often you are diagnosed as depressed or have no satisfactory diagnosis at all.
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue are vast. You don’t need to have all symptoms to be in a state of adrenal fatigue. Symptoms include:
- Weight Gain
- Muscle fatigue / weakness
- Feel exhausted all/most of the time
- Low mood
- Feel tired upon awakening
- Have more alert periods in the day – often later in the day
- Disturbed/poor quality sleep
- Digestion problems / Food intolerances
- Feel overwhelmed
- Hypersensitive to noise
- Heart Racing
- Erratic blood sugar levels
- Hungry most of the time
What can you do about Adrenal Fatigue?
It is vital that you take action when you suffer with adrenal fatigue, otherwise your symptoms will get worse and your risk adrenal failure. If you feel that you have adrenal fatigue there are key areas that you would need to look at and seek to change but the key area if to have down time. Here are some tips:
- Take time out for you – away from computers/stress
- Don’t spend time with energy vampires
- Get to bed at a regular time – between 9 pm and 10 pm
- Aim for 7 – 9 hrs sleep
- Power nap in the day but for no more than 20 minutes
- Eat a healthy diet – remove gluten from your diet and minimise fructose
- Eat frequently – small meals and healthy snacks with protein to balance your blood sugar levels
- Remove caffeine – coffee and energy drinks
- Remove sugar and refined products from your diet
- Seek supplementation advice
- Use therapies such as homeopathy, bowen therapy, massage, hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and Colour Mirrors to help you change your mindset and overcome any issues.
- Meditate and do yoga
- Gentle exercise only
- Walk – get in touch with the earth and your surroundings
- Ensure that any computers / electronic equipment is turned off at least an hour before bedtime.
- Ensure that your bedroom environment is relaxing and peaceful
- Book trips away to completely relax
ANN BOWDITCH is a member and trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register and uses her skills to help people overcome many issues including stress, weight loss, cravings, addictions, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bullying and confidence issues. Ann works in a unique way often by combining therapies tailoring sessions specifically for the individual.
Ann Bowditch GQHP, GHR Reg., META-P
Dip (Hyp) Hypnotherapy
EFT Level 3 (AAMET Certified) & Matrix Reimprinting
Meta-Health & EmoTrance
Colour Mirrors Teacher & Practitioner
PSTEC Level 1-A (Advanced)