How to Treat Adrenal Fatigue with Self Care
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Stress is something that affects us all. Chronic stress is long-term stress that goes on over a long period of time with very little relief. Your flight or fight response is on and adrenaline is pumping constantly. This places fatigue on the adrenal glands and knocks the hormones out of whack. It really affects the body’s entire system. Many diseases are stress related; in fact, some experts estimate that up to 80% of all disease is stress related. So today I want to share with you how to treat adrenal fatigue with some self-care habits.
How to Treat Adrenal Fatigue with 5 Daily Self Care Habits
Keep a Journal
This is something you can easily keep with you no matter where you are, whether you put it in your purse or briefcase, or you have a digital journal on your computer. It is good to have something to write in even when your laptop is out of charge, so a journal and pen is highly recommended. With journaling, you are able to write in it whenever you feel stressed or just to talk about your day. It can be very therapeutic for you.
There are two things I always recommend putting in the journal every day. The first is 3 things you are thankful for when you first wake up in the morning. Try to think of different things every day and they don’t have to be big things either. You can be thankful for your neighbor putting out their trash early because you would have otherwise forgotten to put yours out.
The second thing is to write down 3 wins for your day before you go to bed at night. These also don’t have to be huge. It can be going to bed with a clean kitchen or getting through the day without yelling at your kids. Writing down these things will actually keep your mind thinking positively all day even if it is just to try to come up with what you will write down at first.
Have Alone Time Every Day
Make sure you have at least a few minutes each day all to yourself. This can be a 30-minute walk that you go on after dinner, a fun 15-minute dance party all alone in your room before bed, or just a 5 minutes in the morning before everyone else gets up while you enjoy your cup of coffee. It can seem so simple and minimal, but these little stretches of time where you are alone and just doing something for yourself can make all the difference.
Get More Exercise
I know that if you don’t have any energy, exercise is not something you will feel like doing. But, exercise will actually give you a boost of energy! It will also make you feel better about yourself, and raise your self-confidence, which also helps your mental state. Plus, exercise is really good for helping to relieve your stress and the endorphins you get from it can be tremendous for improving your life.
You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour every day either. Something as simple as an afternoon walk or turning on some music and doing a dance-off with your kids is perfect. You can also take advantage of other activities that include exercise, like taking your dogs for a long walk or taking the kids hiking over the weekend so everybody is exercising more.
Reward yourself weekly
Too many weeks can go by and all you remember from them is a blur of rushing from here to there. we are rushing around A reward doesn’t have to be a trip to the spa, but of course, it can be. You can reward yourself with time to read a few chapters in a book you’ve been wanting, it could be a long bubble bath, whatever it is make it something you enjoy.
If you used to love drawing or painting, why not try it now? Just because you’re older and have other responsibilities, doesn’t mean you have to let go of your favorite things to do. Get adult coloring books and some colored pencils and bring them anywhere, like the train or the bus.
Get Rid of Negativity
You’ll never find a way to thoroughly eliminate all negativity in your life, and if you get rid of some of it, you will find that more will come along at some point. Unfortunately, it’s not something we can ever escape, but getting rid of the negativity that you don’t need anymore can really help you to feel better. Chat to your friends and offload some of your worries, or make a list of things which are causing you to stress and come up with a plan to solve some of the problems.
Also, avoid people that bring you down. I’m sure you can think of a few people in your life that literally always brings you stress. Maybe they bring you into their drama, maybe they are just negative people, but being around either is not good for you or your health.
Is self-care really how to treat adrenal fatigue?
Now I’m not naive these 5 daily habits for how to treat adrenal fatigue aren’t going to take away all of your stress. This will help you to deal with the stress you are under. Sometimes just looking at the positive side of things does make a big difference and that in itself can be rather hard. Which one of these do you think will make a difference in your life?
Thanks so much for joining me this week. I just want to say if you are struggling with stress, anxiety, exhaustion, hormone imbalances reach out to me. I also have a Facebook group of women that have been all sharing what has been working for them just as I have this week and I would love for you to join us. Just know there is hope. Take the 2 minute Health assessment below and I will send you a link to join the group too.
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