Lets face it, burnout is basically a right of passage in the modern working world, this doesn’t make it right or unavoidable. Life is already stressful as it is and Holiday Season only intensifies it. Continue reading for simple tips to beat stress and keep your flame burning, balanced and bright….
So whats really going on internally when you’re stressed? Your adrenal glands are going into over drive. If you have chronic stress, your adrenals get beat up, your energy plummets and it becomes difficult to manage your life. You may feel tired and wired, all at the same time. You might get palpitations or feel anxious or have trouble sleeping. You might crave salt. You may get dizzy when you stand up. You might have low blood pressure. You might even have sugar cravings, because your body can’t regulate your blood sugar properly. All these are clues that you could have an adrenal problems occurring.
We get it from the chronic, unremitting, ongoing stresses of everyday life: stresses of our families, stresses of relationships, stresses of work, the stresses of constant interaction with Facebook and Twitter and the online world, and all the inputs that never let us pause. It’s really important to understand how the whole stress response works, why it goes wrong and why, over time, your adrenal glands, which are these little glands that sit on the top of your kidneys, are not able to compensate for the chronic stress that you have in your life. We push ourselves with coffee and other stimulants to feel better – but using these tactics doesn’t really work.
So how do we avoid burn out, especially at the most chaotic time of the year?
Eat to heal your body every time, by eating a whole-food, anti-inflammatory diet Focus on anti-inflammatory foods including wild fish and other sources of omega-3 fats; red and purple berries, dark green leafy vegetables; orange sweet potatoes; and nuts. Add anti-inflammatory herbs – including turmeric, ginger and rosemary – to your daily diet. Eliminate inflammatory foods such as refined, omega-6 and inflammatory oils, like corn, soy and safflower oils. And don’t skip meals!
Chill the F out! Find ways to relax. Try yoga or a hot bath at night. 10 drops of lavender oil to your bath mixed with some Epsom salts should do the trick.
Did you know that they put lavender oil in babies’ baths? They do this because lavender oil lowers cortisol and helps to balance the whole hormonal system. After this bath, you will end up with a really decreased stress response. Also focus on deep breathing from your belly instead of your chest!
Gentle exercise and creating life rhythm will also help you to lower your stress level.
Rhythm is the key because your hormones are balanced in rhythms. So, waking at the same time every day, going to bed at the same time every day, eating at the same time every day — these are the rhythms in life that help to reset your natural balance. Following your natural rhythms of work and rest during the day is also essential. Take natural breaks when you are tired. Our bodies function best on ultradian rhythm cycles of 90 minutes of activity punctuated by a few minutes of resting or zoning out! Naps are also a great way to reset. If you are all over the place, your adrenals are going to burn out.
Try supplements. One of the simplest ways to boost your adrenals. Try adding the following to your daily supplement routine to help balance adrenals:
Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola or Cordyceps: All wonderful herbs that also help your stress response.
Ashwagandha, Magnolia, Theanine (from green tea) + PhosphatidyLserine: These can all help calm an overactive stress response and improve sleep.
Other Vitamins: Vitamin C (500 to 1000mg, once a day), zinc (30mg, once a day) and vitamins, especially vitamin B5 (2, once a day)
So, if you have any of the symptoms listed above, if you’re worried about your adrenal stress response, if you’re thinking that you might have adrenal burnout, I encourage you to take some time, find things you like to do to hit your pause button, get into rhythm, try a few vitamins and herbs and reset your life. Keep this holiday chill and enjoy time with loved ones, after all thats what is’s all about.