Healing Adrenal Fatigue With Lifestyle Modifications
Updated: Jan 14
Acheloa Wellness Presents #WellnessWednesday, mini well-being masterclasses that'll help you stress less and accomplish more.
Today's topic: Healing Adrenal Fatigue with Lifestyle Modifications
The reality is, we are always focused on something but it’s important to focus on things that will give you more rather than depleting you. Today we are going to talk about adrenal health because that is where a lot of our stressful lives. The goal is to apply simple principles that will help us feel great in the long run.
Updated 10/21/2020: To learn more about adrenal fatigue, and the Ayurvedic and allopathic treatments to overcome this condition, click to review Acheloa Wellness' Whitepaper, "Considerations for Working Women and Stress: A Review of Allopathic and Ayurvedic Approaches to Treating Adrenal Fatigue".
ADRENAL FATIGUE - LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION RECOMMENDATIONS
Alternate nostril breathing.
We breathe all day long but it’s not always a focused breath. There are breathing techniques that help you cool down and release tension. The alternate nostril breathing technique is one of the favorites that I share with clients.
How: Start by taking your right thumb and covering your right nostril. Inhale through the left, then take your right pinky or ring finger, cover your left nostril. Hold breath momentarily, then release the thumb and exhale through the right nostril. Inhale through the right, then exhale out the left. That is one cycle. For this breath, you always start with inhaling on the left and close the cycle by exhaling on the left. It is inducing your lunar side which is more cooling in nature. I give a demonstration in the video if you need a visual.
Disconnect from devices.
This sounds easy but how often are you actually doing it? Devices are meant to stimulate us which can affect your sleep and heighten your stress.
How: I want to invite you to start by disconnecting from devices at least 60-90 minutes before bed. To take it one step further, I challenge you to give yourself an hour without screens as you wake up in the morning. You may find that your mornings are more peaceful.
This is the most important because it has brought relationships together, reduces stress, it will make you feel incredible, and it’s actually simple. That list of things to be grateful for allows me to focus on what is important to me and takes sadness away, even if it's only for a couple of minutes a day.
The science of Ayurveda talks about how we perceive things and in turn, how it affects our health. For example, imagine working for someone who isn't the easiest to work with and challenges you. Really think about how that starts to impact you and the effects that start compounding over days, months, years... You could start to experience some side effects such as the feeling of being overwhelmed, tension headaches, sore throats. There are so many things that you could start to experience just because you work with someone you’re stressed with.
I challenge you to find things in that person that you can be grateful for because it’s not always about being grateful for happy days. It’s easy to be grateful for that promotion, family health, etc… It’s about taking the hard times and taking it one step further. When times are hard, invite things that are soft and embrace them because we all need that nourishment. However, you are showing up whether it be as a mother, sister, daughter, partner, colleague… I want you to invite some ease into your everyday life and share those grateful feelings with those around you. Now, more than ever, we need to calm down and take control of what we can. We need to focus on the certainty of what we have going on for us, no matter how small that may be.
How: Keep a list of 3 things that you are grateful for. Strive to find new things to add to your list but when times are hard it’s a blessing to have anything to be grateful for.
TAKE ACTION HEALING ADRENAL FATIGUE
I want to invite you to revisit the three things talked about in today’s #WellnessWednesday and practice one of the techniques were learned today:
Alternate nostril breathing,
Disconnecting from our devices one hour before and after bed, and