In the last blog, we looked at stress and adrenal fatigue. In this post, we'll take a look at what you can do for yourself while you might be waiting to have an appointment with your practitioner.
1/ Make Space for Rest and Relaxation
One of the most important ingredients for recovery from adrenal fatigue is rest and relaxation....lots of it! If it's at all possible for you take time off work in order to achieve this, then it's highly recommended that you do so. Your body is struggling with the demands it has for energy, and so is your mind. Resting both mind and body is critical to healing your adrenals.
If you aren't too far on the adrenal fatigue continuum, then getting extra sleep at night by going to bed early, 7 nights/week, and taking extra naps on the weekend may be of great benefit to help you get back on top.
As well as getting extra rest, learning relaxation techniques is another extremely valuable tool that you can do at home. There are many online tutorials that you can find to teach you different types of relaxation techniques. If you start making relaxation a part of your daily schedule, it will help you deal with your stress on a daily basis, and that will help to short circuit the cumulative effects of stress in your body.
2/ Identify Your Stressors
When it comes to identifying the things that cause, or have caused you stress, the easiest way is by taking a notepad and writing down everything that has been a stressor to you in the last number of weeks/months, or even years.
Identify what is current and what is past, and as well as that, look at what you can take control of and what you can eliminate from your life. This simple exercise will help to clear your mind of excess "clutter" so that you can begin to see a bit more clearly This is a simple stress reduction technique.
3/ Look at Your Nutrition
Often we reach for quick fix energy foods such as refined carbohydrates, take away foods or caffeine loaded drinks because we're looking for the energy that we don't have.
These types of foods will give an initial boost but will inevitably cause an energy crash. Eliminating caffeine is paramount when you have adrenal fatigue because it's stimulating and causes your adrenals to work even harder. For someone suffering from adrenal fatigue, caffeine = poison!
Replacing refined processed carbohydrates with real whole foods will help to nourish your body with the nutrients that its craving, as well as providing longer lasting energy that won't cause you to crash afterwards.
Load up your diet with fresh vegetables, low GI fruits, clean animal products, nuts and seeds to give you the broadest base for your nutritional needs. And make sure you drink at least 6 - 8 glasses of water each day so that your body stays hydrated.
4/ Adaptogen Herbs
Adaptogen herbs help your body to modulate your stress response and adapt to stress in a more healthy way. There are many wonderful herbs to help support your body in times of stress, and the easiest way to start gaining the benefits is to start using herbal teas. Your local health shop will more than likely have a great selection and the staff will help you to choose what will be the most beneficial for you. Herbal teas can be of great benefit if you are struggling to sleep well at night.
Just to Recap...
- get more sleep
- identify stressors and eliminate things that create stress
- get your nutrition on track
- use herbal teas to help with stress and sleep issues
These are all things that you can do at home while you are waiting for your appointment with your health practitioner.