Why Do I Feel Like This?
Adrenal Fatigue- Did you know that chronic stress can affect your body as a whole? Making it hard to bounce back from physical, mental, or emotional stress? Chronic stress can be life after a trauma whether that was a 1-time occurrence or to some, what feels like a lifetime. But, what makes that chronic stress today?
Whether you have experienced a trauma or not, I think we can all agree that the amount of stress that any individual faces on a daily basis can be listed as chronic stress. Unfortunately, our brains are unable to distinguish the difference between the sound of a car accident on the t.v. or happening in real life. Naturally, our bodies will release a hormone called cortisol. This will cause a spike of adrenaline, and what it is suppose to do is naturally come back down on its own.
But what about life after Trauma?
Life after Trauma can leave us with debilitating anxiety, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), etc. If you struggle with any of these, then you will understand how stressful it can be. Maybe you have a loved one that struggles with this and you do not fully understand what it feels like. So, let us explain a little bit for you.
How the natural cycle is supposed to work as I mentioned above. Something will trigger a stress response, your body naturally goes into a fight or flight mode and you feel like you have a lot of adrenaline. After the stressor has been eliminated from the situation, you naturally come back down to a normal feeling. However, When you struggle with any of the diagnoses listed above, it can be hard to remove the stress, as it often feels like it is always there. Leading to feeling the stress response often.
So where does Adrenal Fatigue come into play?
Well, your adrenals are a gland that releases the hormone called cortisol. Think of it being in overdrive for hours, days, weeks, even months. How would you feel if you couldn’t stop to rest? Or, if you did get a chance to rest it wasn’t long enough. You would get tired and often times burnt out.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
“Overstimulation of the adrenal glands (or “adrenals”) by long-term stress could lead to an inconsistent level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the bloodstream.”
This can be a controversial topic for some in the medical field. It is a relatively newer term in the medical field. You can find a lot of good information from Dr. Axe’s Website.
What are some symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
As listed on Dr. Axe’s Website:
Studies indicate that adrenal fatigue symptoms include:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Chronic fatigue (always feeling tired)
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Hormone imbalance
- Weakened stress response
- Insulin resistance
- Decreased sex drive/libido
- Moodiness and irritability
- Muscle or bone loss
- Skin ailments
- Sleep disturbances/sleep apnea
- Weight gain
- Sweet and salty food cravings
- Loss of appetite
What should I be doing to help support Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue can be very serious. We recommend speaking with your healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and specific recommendations.
If you have been diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue, here are some recommendations:
- Limit Exercise- Going for a walk is ok, however, any strenuous exercise will only cause more stress to the adrenals.
- Mindfulness- Reducing stress as much as possible.
- Incorporate Healthy Fats-
- Improve overall Diet-
- Limit any and all Caffeine- Can increase cortisol spikes.
- Adequate Sleep
How we can help support you?
Not only is your diet and lifestyle a crucial part when you are dealing with Adrenal Fatigue, but so is your mental health. Working with us allows you to work with our Life Coach as well as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. We will be able to make a customized plan to help you achieve your overall desires. If you would like to reach out to us privately you can do so through our Contact Us, Or even through our Private Support Group on Facebook.
Note: We are not Therapists, Registered Counsellors, Psychologists, and or Medical doctors. We are survivors ourselves, who offer support groups and services that help complement traditional therapies and medications. At no time are we providing a diagnosis or making medical recommendations. It is always recommended you speak with a Health Care Professional before making any changes.