When somebody asks you, “Are you stressed out?” some of you will say “absolutely”, some will say “not so much”. The reality is that our we’re all stressed at different levels. You may not necessarily feel “stressed out”, but our environment dictates otherwise. Gone are the days lacking blackberries, cell phones, voice mail, instant messaging and conference calling. Although you may be content in your every day life these are the things that effect how our bodies function.
Ask yourself a few questions:
How do you sleep at night? Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you wake up periodically throughout the night?
Do you find your heart races from time to time? Or you feel you have heart palpitations?
Do you eat on the run? ie While you’re driving? Eating standing up?
How “regular” are you? Do you feel bloated often?
Do you get the flu more than a few times per year?
Do you crave salty, fatty, high protein foods like meat and cheese?
If you answered yes to just ONE of these questions, chances are you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue. It may be mild now, but if you don’t listen to your body and stop the red flags, it could become severe, if not fatal. I’m not kidding.
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms that result when the adrenal glands function below the normal level. This is not to be mistaken with Addison’s Disease, where the adrenal glands stop functioning completely; adrenal fatigue is a result of stress on the body over years and years, and it can be fixed.
The main hormone affected is cortisol. Cortisol is our stress hormone. When we’re sick, have an injury or there is an increase in blood pressure (just to name a few instances), cortisol is released to regulate the body. Here’s the catch – cortisol is also released when we’re experiencing undue stress. So……when cortisol is being released continually, when we really need it, there isn’t enough there to help us heal properly. The result is things in our bodies start to shut down, your liver being the first one to go. Of course this may not happen over night, but slowly your body starts to “give up”.
So what do we do now?
I’m not here to prescribe supplements, vitamins, etc. But I do have some subtle suggestions to get you back on track.
First of all, GO TO BED! By 10pm if you can! And make sure your bedroom is pitch black – even turn your digital clock around.
Avoid caffeine, sugar and salt.
Avoid getting over-tired. Listen to your body! And maybe turn that blackberry off once in a while!
Never skip breakfast.
Eat dinner with your family at the dinner table – don’t eat on the run.
Drink lots of water.
Remember to BREATHE.
Finally, let’s get to your treatment.
There are many acupuncture points on the body that literally induce relaxation. Those include points on the scalp, the ears, face, hands and feet – sounds crazy I know, but speaking from experience, these points can really “zen” you out! It’s true! They’re great!
Secondly, massage along with the acupuncture can really kick relaxation into high gear. Regular visits to your Massage Therapist will really help you manage your daily stress. I treat many people throughout each week that benefit from this type of treatment.
Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Don’t wait around from something drastic to happen or to get the “wake-up call”. Start now by making these small changes in your life and you’ll start noticing changes in your sleeping patterns and how you generally feel.
One more thing…..don’t forget to laugh!