Contributors to the stress that leads to adrenal fatigue can be lifestyle stressors including but not limited to: lack of sleep, poor food choices, use of stimulants, pulling “all-nighters” or “pushing through” a day despite being tired, perfectionism, staying in no-win situations for too long, over training, lack of fun or stress-relieving practices.
Those who are: students, medical professionals, single parents, unhappily married, unhappy or unsatisfied at work, are self-employed or starting a new business, abuse drugs or alcohol, have alternating shift schedules or who are the “all work and no play” types have lifestyles that lead to adrenal fatigue.
Furthermore, life events that can lead to adrenal fatigue include: unrelieved pressure or stress at work, any crisis or severe emotional trauma, death of a loved one, major surgery, extended or chronic illness, sudden change in life situations such as loss of a job or moving without much friend or family support in a new location and repeated or extended chemical exposure.
The problem of stress might not be such an issue if we weren’t compounding many stressors over the course of days, weeks, months and years without much downtime for our systems. So, while the condition of adrenal fatigue can come on suddenly as triggered by a traumatic or severe life event, most commonly it is experienced after a gradual, cumulative effect of multiple stressors.
Here are seven signs of adrenal fatigue:
Stress does not allow the body to digest the food properly and inhibits the absorption of nutrients. In this case, the metabolism and digestion are poor, and you might experience bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and weight gain.
You should eat a healthy diet, drink sufficient amounts of water, take probiotics and minerals regularly, and take the time to savor your meals.
Every night, you should sleep for at least 8 hours without interruptions, in order to help the body to reset, recharge, and recover. This will make you wake up fresh and energized.
Moreover, never give up sleep for more work, as it will throw you off balance and make you struggle to fall asleep.
Also, try to be in bed by 10:30 pm, even if you can’t fall asleep, stay in the dark to help the body release melatonin, the sleeping hormone. Also, warm baths, relaxation techniques, and yoga calm the body and mind and help you fall asleep.
Anxiety or Depression
The pressure of deadlines and a busy schedule might lead to various complications, changes of mood, and a poor cognitive function. Anxiety and depression are directly linked to stress, so make sure you find some way to control it and reduce it in order to preserve your health.
Stiffness and Pain
When the body is not recharged due to stress, you might suffer from stiffness and pain, as well as stress in the back, jaw, and neck. Try to change the sleeping habits, and practice stretching exercises and yoga.
Furthermore, warm baths offer potent anti-inflammatory effects – as the natural magnesium alleviates the muscles and the crystal blend detoxes and balances the body.
Sometimes, things definitely can be easier and better, but you should not apply too much pressure on yourself. You should always reserve a time to dedicate to yourself, and do not just work to achieve the goals, regardless of the efforts and time needed.
Therefore, add some self-care into your daily routines, and make sure you give your body a chance to recover and function properly.
Over-Training in the Gym
Exercise should provide body energy, but physical stress might also lead to adrenal fatigue, as it can have negative effects on the body. You sometimes need to try some gentle exercise, walking, yoga.
Yet, if you need to lose weight, make sure you are aware of the fact that 80% of the effects will come from proper nutrition.
Hormones Out of Wack
The thyroid gland can be damaged in stage two of adrenal fatigue, and you might start experiencing signs of a hypothyroid (poor circulation, fatigue, weight gain, dry hair, and skin).
In the case of imbalance of the adrenals and the stress levels, the hormone precursor material will be redirected for use in cortisol production.
Prolonged periods of stress might increase the PMS symptoms or lead to occasional loss of the cycle. Therefore, make sure you eat healthy foods, drink enough water, sleep enough, avoid caffeine, and use adaptogenic herbs.
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