This Post originally appeared on the Core Health Dynamics Blog way back in August this year (2014). It had a good response at the time, and seeing as we’re heading into the crazy Xmas season, is probably more relevant for a lot of you than what it was back then.
I’ve updated the three points around combating Adrenal Dysregulation and added some strategies you can try implementing.
Hope you enjoy this and you find it useful!
Do you feel constantly fatigued, yet unable to sleep?
Do you find it hard to concentrate on one thing, without a dozen other things trying to crowd your thoughts for attention?
Do you feel ‘tired but wired’? That is, you feel like you need to sleep for a week, but when you try to get a decent, deep sleep, your body and mind just won’t switch off?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these, then congratulations my friend, you are on the cusp of burning out, or some sort of physical, mental, or emotional breakdown! And that ain’t good!
But, far from being all doom and gloom in this Post (when has this Blog ever been all doom and gloom?), we have a solution for you in mathematical form!
Dr.Sara Gottfried, author of ‘The Hormone Cure‘, came up with this great little equation below all about Adrenal Dysregulation, which is usually (but not always) the cause of burn out, and that ‘tired but wired’ feeling.
The simple solution to combat this?
1. Get some decent sleep time.
- Try and go to bed and wake at the same time each day.
- Remove ALL electronic devices (yes, including your iPhone!) from your bedroom.
- Have a notepad and pen beside your bed so you can ‘download’ any of those crazy thoughts that come into your head. Get them out of your head, and onto the paper; you’ll sleep better with less to worry about, but won’t forget about things in the morning.
- Keep the duration of your workouts to 20 minutes
- Keep the intensity of your workouts to moderate intensity or less
- Do something you can use as both exercise, but also as a form of zoning our or meditation (see Point #4!).
3. Eat well.
- Sugar is not your friend, limit your consumption.
- Eat and drink lots of fresh vegetables, organic where possible.
- Eat grass-fed, free range red meat three times per week and boost those B vitamins.
4. Have an outlet as your meditation. It can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you are losing yourself in that moment (mine’s surfing by the way! What’s yours?).
Remember that stress is not always a bad thing! It’s an in-built chemical and emotional reaction to prepare you to take on a challenge. The key is to harness this stress, and not let it harness you!
Good luck, let me know if you need some help on any of these areas, and as always, Enjoy!
Sources and Notes:
Gottfried, S. (2013) The Hormone Cure