Have you noticed yourself lately in the mode of going, going, doing, doing doing and then crash because you are OVERDOING?
Most women take on more than they possibly can, or at least we THINK we can do it all, and sometimes we can, but realistically we are not superwomen! When we try to do more than we can handle, we start to get stressed, tired, overworked, forgetful OR so hyped up that we cannot rest at night. Sound familiar?
If so, you may be in Adrenal Overdrive or you may have Adrenal Fatigue. The adrenals are tiny organs that sit above the kidneys and they control many hormones, insulin, weight management and stress response. The adrenals release cortisol when needed in a flight or fight response but some people have too much cortisol or not enough then they start feeling hyper to the point of barely sleeping or draggy feeling like you just can’t wake up and you are tired all the time. Stupid little adrenals! 😀 No really, we can’t be mean to those little organs, it is not their fault…it is our own doing!
So what’s a person to do?
Step one – STOP what you are doing – even reading this, and go outside for 10 minutes. Just go out and sit somewhere under a tree or go for a walk, just YOU and only YOU! I will wait……
Ahhhh do you feel a little better now? I do! OK so I didn’t come right back after going outside. I got distracted doing chores, then making dinner, cleaning up, feeding outside critters and finishing up on a case study.
Step 2 – Can you take away one commitment per week? Because if you do not and commit to tooooo much then…this will happen – from Aviva Romm below –
Being in a constant self-push can drive you right into adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is dangerous. It can disrupt your sleep, hormones, weight, immunity, and memory and concentration. It causes us to have cravings for fat, sugar, and salt. It makes us insulin resistant, and gives us weight around our bellies that causes inflammation and is really hard to take off. It makes us irritable, moody, anxious, and depressed.
If you want to read a whole lot more than I can share with you – check out Aviva Romm’s blog post above in the link.
Meanwhile Step 3 – here is a recipe for an awesome herbal mix to add to a smoothie. It will nourish your adrenals, build stamina and help fight fatigue.
Stress Busting Smoothie Mix
Wonderful mixture of adaptogenic herbs to help your body handle stressful situations, balance emotions and strengthen your adrenals.
- 3 parts Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
- 1 part Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- 2 parts Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
- 1 part Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
- 1/2 part Nettles (Urtica dioica)
- 1/2 part Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Parts can be teaspoons, tablespoons or cups if making a giant jar full. Grind the herbs to a powder and mix all together. You can find all of the above herbs at my favorite place – Mountain Rose Herbs! Click here to find what you need. OR you can just order a jar of the mix from me. 🙂
To use: Take 1 teaspoon of the mix and add to a smoothie once per day OR add to warm almond milk with a touch of honey or maple syrup.
Enjoy and have a peaceful evening!