If you’re feeling tired, having mood swings or just not feeling “right,” paying attention to your adrenals may be the answer.
As busy moms and business owners we have a lot on our plates. Self-care quickly gets thrown out the window when our to-do list piles up, and we often forget that caring for ourselves in not only the biggest investment for our home but also our business.
When working with clients experiencing burnout, I always start with tackling sugar. Sugar robs us of our energy, depletes us of our nutrients, and makes our energy unstable.
To find out how you can start to eliminate sugar in your diet download my free ebook “5 ways to create sustained energy by kicking sugar to the curb” right here.
However, if someone has neglected their health for a long time—not moving, eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods, skipping sleep, and being exposed to a high toxin load—sugar may not be the only support they need to regain stamina.
Looking at adrenal dysregulation
Adrenal dysregulation is a condition whereby a person experiences their energy levels hitting rock bottom due to the body limiting its output of cortisol. Cortisol is a steroid hormone that has many functions in the body but is best known for producing the flight or fight response. By evaluating cortisol patterns in a person we can gain lots of clues of how many systems in the body are performing.
Normally, we wake up in the morning (when cortisol is supposed to be at its highest) with a peak amount of energy. Cortisol patterns follow a circadian rhythm, decreasing through the day so that before bed, when we’re ready to sleep, cortisol is at its lowest.
When a person is under external stress (psychological and emotional stress) and experiencing internal stress (activated immune responses, raised blood sugar, food sensitivities, toxicity, etc.) this causes the body to produce high amounts of cortisol in order to cope.
However, this state where the body is continuously pumping out cortisol cannot be sustained by the body long term. It causes steroid hormone imbalance, and the body loses its ability to produce the appropriate amount of cortisol to keep us feeling well.
When your body is on overdrive and your morning output of cortisol is reduced, you can end up feeling tired, groggy, and exhausted, even with a full night’s sleep.
Understanding your adrenal health
At this point, beyond getting off sugar, you’ll need a more comprehensive approach that includes working on gut health, changing one’s diet and lifestyle, and supporting the adrenal axis in healing.
But the most important factor in overcoming burnout is addressing what ultimately got you there, which is really lifestyle.
Burnout is a sign that your body has endured more stress than it can handle. And given the fact that the human body is built to handle a fair amount of stress, healing from burnout requires inventing a new lifestyle.
Here are a few tips to help you forward with addressing burnout:
- Evaluate your current lifestyle. Look for patterns of how you handle situations. Where are you most guilty of self-neglect and overwhelm? The first step in moving forward is recognizing and acknowledging the underlying issues. Do you have a habit of not investing in yourself, putting yourself last, and struggling to say no? Do you need support in your home and or business that could help you save time and gain clarity? Once you’re really able to see what is causing your current situation you can begin taking the action to fix it.
- Prioritize sleep in your schedule. Simple, but so critical. To learn more about sleep click here.
- Develop a new mindset around time. When it comes to time, most of us have a lack mentality and are always falling short on the hours we have to accomplish what we want. The reality is we all have the same amount of the time in the day, and time is not a limiting factor when it comes to achievement. When we truly get to grips with how we are spending our time, we often see that certain tasks can be taken off our schedule and replaced with others that are more pressing and relevant. Or even better, what can be delegated and taken off your plate to free up your time.
Consider functional testing. Functional testing can provide a very personal, specific portrait of your current health situation—a great tool in evaluating where you are in terms of your adrenal health. Your adrenals control many functions in your body including your weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, immune system, and most importantly your stress response.
Knowing if there is any dysfunction and dysregulation with your adrenal function is a good indicator of what else is going on with your body. You can find out in a short period of time exactly where you’re at and how a custom protocol can bring you out of your current situation. To find out more about your current situation click here.
- Develop a habit of self-care. Taking care of yourself is not a luxury but a must. It has to be a daily practice not a once-in-a-while treat that balances a stressful lifestyle. Does your schedule reflect time for yourself? It doesn’t have to be hours and hours, but there should be something small that you personally love daily that doesn’t involve anyone else in the family. Just like your children and spouse have rights, your body also has a right over you and it’s important to address its needs. Designing a lifestyle that includes you is critical for your long-term success and recovery.
Ultimately, as momprenuers we have to recognize that burnout is really a choice, and a way we have decided to live. Know that what you envision for your life and business is possible, and doesn’t have to come at the expense of your health . If you would like to learn more about building a business while recovering your health click here.