It’s a New Year and a New YOU!
I hope your holidays were as spectacular as my festivities were.
Now that the celebrations with spiked Egg Nog have subsided, it’s time to get down to business in creating the life and body you desire.
The “fight or flight” syndrome – you’ve heard of it, right? It’s usually accompanied with the image of the saber-toothed tiger dashing after a hunter getting ready to attack. Yikes! You often get into this situation, don’t you?
In modern times, we’re not literally in that frantic position, but our bodies are often reacting as if we were fighting for our lives. Our adrenal glands, located on top of each kidney, are forced to work overtime in an effort to deal with stress from all sources: injury, disease, work, family, finances, environment, your reaction to life, etc.
It’s hard to imagine these small endocrine glands, essentially the size of a walnut, responsible for the manufacture and secretion of vital hormones such as cortisol, estrogen and testosterone. Cortisol production is crucial for the body to combat stress. Whereas thousands of years ago the stress was a finite amount of time – you either outran the predator and survived or you were eaten. Nowadays, stress seems to be a state of being for so many people. Sometimes being eaten sound like a better plan than continued pressure on your body.
Although not getting along with a boss or missing a bill payment are not life-threatening like the saber-toothed tiger, our bodies react to the stressors in a similar fashion. The body starts to feel unsettled. More and more cortisol is produced because the body believes it needs massive amounts of energy to run for its life. This happens over and over again throughout the day:
- Getting the kids ready for school and getting yourself ready for work.
- Spilling coffee on your new outfit.
- Your assistant calls in sick and you’ve got to send out 20 packages today.
- The babysitter is late picking up the kids from school and taking them to soccer practice.
- Your late afternoon meeting runs over and you leave the office late, so family dinner becomes you eating leftovers alone.
And all this is going to happen again tomorrow!
Here’s the problem: chronic stress can overload the adrenal glands to the point of exhaustion. For some, the fatigue will become overwhelming and the adrenals will no longer function properly to provide the energy and resources the body needs on a day-to-day basis, which can contribute to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. When someone is exhausted, a natural suggestion is to get more sleep. That’s not always easy with adrenal problems because insomnia is a common symptom. There are, however, steps you can take to prepare yourself for sleep, which is certainly one of the best ways to refresh and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.
For better sleep and to heal your adrenal glands:
- Use Lavender essential oil to calm your body, sense and mind or uses a drop of Peace and Calming essential oil blend behind the ears. This powerful drop of oil does exactly what is says, it’s calms you down and sets up your central nervous system for a good nights rest with sweet dreams. Get your oils here.
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and sugar in late afternoon/evening (or remove them completely from your diet to avoid any rollercoaster-like blood sugar surges).
- Keep a gratitude journal near your bedside. Every night, list five things for which you are grateful. Remind yourself that even though you may feel fatigued, there are wonderful aspects of your life and many reasons to heal.
- Go to bed at the same time every night to allow 7-8 hours of sleep.
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