Last year, a few weeks after I moved into my new place, and my life started to get back to a new normal, my body crashed. Check out my post on 5 Tips for Coping with Major Life Changes, where I share my story about my separation and other big life changes. It was no wonder that I was suffering from extreme exhaustion. It was hard to get out of bed, after work I would fall asleep on the couch before dinner. On a day to day basis, it was hard to concentrate, the simplest task felt too difficult and I would get stressed and overwhelmed too easily. I went from 100% to 20% almost overnight and I didn’t understand what was happening to me. This is why I’ve been MIA from the blog and social media the last few months.
Since I’m all about healing naturally, I went to see a naturopath. What I like about seeing naturopaths, is that they take the time to get to know you and create a healing program based on your needs. This takes a few weeks to assess, it’s not overnight. My naturopath had me do a series of blood tests, including a food allergy blood test (more on that soon, stay tuned). Based on the results, it showed that I was suffering from adrenal fatigue, which can be caused by stress, which, I had experienced more than my fair share during the months prior. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious issues.
The thing to keep in mind is that it can take up to a year to heal from adrenal fatigue. It’s not about taking a miracle drug, but about lifestyle changes/tweaks. The changes I’ve been making to my life are there to stay. It’s only been a few months since I’ve started healing my body, and I can already feel a difference, but I’m not fully healed and if I push myself too hard, my body crashes. I have to be patient and kind to myself. Here are the 5 steps I’m taking to heal my adrenal fatigue.
1. Balance hormones
Based on the bloodwork done, it showed that there were some hormone imbalances. My naturopathy has tailored my remedies to help rebalance my hormones. I’m taking D-Mulsion 1000 (Vitamin D) as well as Black Cumin Seed Oil. Make sure you talk to your naturopath or physician before taking any supplements. What I’m taking might not work for you.
2. Adrenal healing diet
In conjunction with the supplements, it’s important to eliminate foods that cause inflammation, as well as increase protein, and decrease carbs and sugars. I also took the food allergy blood test and now I know exactly what I’m allergic to, which will help with the inflammation in my body. Since I’ve modified what I’m eating, my skin hasn’t been breaking out and looks and feels healthy.
3. Healing exercises such as yoga and walking
Move your body, get things flowing. You don’t want to stress your body or over-do-it. I find practicing restorative or yin yoga has been great for me. Since I’ve moved into a new neighborhood, I haven’t found a studio I love, however, I follow Yoga with Adrien, she has free lessons and they are delightful. Now that the weather is finally nice again, I go for longer walks with Ruby after work and we go on little adventures on the weekends.
4. Nightly bedtime routine
Create a nightly bedtime routine. I stop what I’m doing between 10/10:30 and take Ruby out one last time. Next, I turn on my Saje diffuser with the Tranquility oil in my bedroom. Some nights I do a mask and Ruby and I hang out in the bedroom, I read or journal. I shower at night (wash off the day and helps relax) and then I’ll meditate for 10 minutes. My bedroom is hot (even in the winter) so I turn on my Dyson tower fan (it’s so quiet but gives a little white noise), and I fall asleep listening to the Calm app. Also, Ruby’s a snuggled in with me.
5. Get enough sleep
This has not been the easiest for me. Having Ruby makes going to bed early challenging, as she needs to go do her business around 10/10:30pm otherwise she’ll wake me up at 2 or 3 in the morning. I also try to fit in too many things in my evenings and I can lose track of time. I’ve been much better at planning out my evenings, to make sure that I get to bed by 11:30 at the latest. Weekdays I wake up by 6:30 and on weekends I naturally wake up between 7 and 8am.
Just remember that you will heal from adrenal fatigue, be patient and kind with yourself and your body.
If you are or have suffered from adrenal fatigue I’d love to know what you’re doing or have done to overcome it. Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram @stylishlytidylife