2. You Can’t Sleep
Ideally, we should all be getting 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Your body needs this time to recover, reset and recharge for a new day. You should wake up every morning feeling refreshed & energized.
However, many of us are instead giving up sleep to continue with more work. We rush from one thing to the next, and this throws off your balance and makes it harder for you to fall/stay asleep. It’s time to introduce a healthy new habit to improve your rhythm.
Try and be in bed by 10:30 pm, even if you can’t fall asleep quite yet, as being in the dark helps your body to produce melatonin. If your mind is racing before bed – practice some guided meditation, such as theHeadSpace App or take a warm bath with added AlkaBath to help you relax .
3. You Feel Exhausted After Working Out
Exercise should make you feel more energized, and it shouldn’t make you exhausted and fatigued afterward. Physical stress is a known stressor for the adrenal glands – and too much exercise can do the opposite of what you want, as it stresses your body.
If you’re working out constantly, but are not reaching your goals, are struggling with belly fat and feel fatigued after working out, it would be best for you to take part in a more gentle form of exercise; like stretching, walking and yoga – which will make you feel better – not worse.
If weight loss is your goal and your reason for working out, you should know that 80% of your results will come from proper nutrition, not from a gym membership .
4. Your Hormones Are Feeling Wacky
In stage 2 of adrenal fatigue, the thyroid may be affected, which may create unfavorable symptoms of a hypothyroid (fatigue, weight gain, dry hair & skin, poor circulation). When your adrenals cannot keep up with stress levels, hormone precursor material will be redirected for use in cortisol production, which can lead to a hormone imbalance.
While under long-term periods of stress, your cycle may be off and PMS symptoms may increase. Experiencing symptoms associated with a hormone imbalance are not pleasant ones to experience. At this time – a nourishing diet, adequate sleep, adaptogenic herbs, increased water intake and the elimination of caffeine is of great importance and value .
5. You’re Feeling Overly Anxious or Depressed
When you’ve got too much going on, anxiety kicks in. The pressure of deadlines and a busy schedule can have you running on an adrenaline rush. Adrenal hormones are involved in cognitive function, mood, and mental states – in very complex ways.
Anxiety and depression can be directly related to stress, as when we are less ‘tolerant’ than we normally are, we are more easily frustrated! Again, this goes back to #1 – take more time for YOU. You do enough, you give ENOUGH, you are ENOUGH! Your health and well-being are more important than a clean kitchen and a work function that you don’t want to go to .
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