The Onset of Adrenal Fatigue
On March 03, 2016, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I felt unwell. My body ached, my head felt like it weighed 1000 lbs and I was completely exhausted. Thinking it was just a bad case of the flu, I decided to stay in bed and get some rest. I had been working very long days in the months leading up to our project’s implementation so I thought that with rest, I would bounce back – like I had so many times before. Little did I know that I was now on a path to learning how to deal with Adrenal Fatigue.
I tried to go back to work after a few days, but was still exhausted. No matter how much sleep I got, the feeling of immense tiredness didn’t go away. I had trouble focusing and felt overwhelmed. My chest tightened up every time I had to deal with a stressful situation (which in my line of work was every single day) and I became increasingly emotional – something that was very unlike me. So I knew that there was something very wrong.
A visit to my doctor revealed that my blood pressure had spiked to 190/105, that I was suffering from anxiety attacks and that, if drastic steps were not taken, I could do myself irreparable damage. My naturopath further revealed that my adrenal glands were fatally exhausted and needed immediate repair – a slow and arduous process. How did this happen? Probably because I had let myself become consumed by the demands of my job and I had neglected my family and loved ones, my dreams and desires, but most of all myself.
And the funny thing is that I never saw it coming. At the end of the working day my colleagues would say to me “Go Home Josephine”. And my response? “I can’t. Just have to finish this before I leave”. Having got into the office at 7 or 7:30 am, I would often not return home until 9 or 10 pm.
Or other signs….Like being so tired that I would often fall asleep while driving home or make silly mistakes on documents. Or When someone asked “How are you doing?” and I would respond “Surviving” – a surprising response for me.
How to deal with Adrenal Fatigue
So why am I sharing this now?
Because I realized that I was the one that caused this to myself, by not saying “No!”, by trying to be the “Hero” to save the project, “no matter what it took”, by trying to remain flawless on the outside even though inside, I was suffering and slowly dying.
Because you too may be an OverAchiever like I am and be heading down the same path without realizing it.
Because if that is the case I need you to STOP, LISTEN and ADJUST.
The deep hole that I fell into took a long time to climb out of – a very painful process that I would wish on no one.
Start The Process of Recovery From Adrenal Fatigue
STOP and ASSESS – Do you feel Joy every day? If someone asks you if you’re happy, can you truthfully say that you are? If the answer is anything other than a resounding “HELL YES!!” then you need to take stock of where you are. And maybe make some tough decisions to get you back to where you should be.
LISTEN – Listen to your body. Are you constantly tired and feel listless? Do you find that you often fall ill? Then this may be a sign that you need to change. In my case, I changed my diet and my daily rituals which resulted in tremendous energy gains and an increase in the level of joy that I feel every day.
ADJUST – This is self-explanatory. It takes courage to change what may have become a habit or expectation of you. But taking small steps in the right direction will definitely change your trajectory to a life full of joy, excitement, and purpose.
To learn how I recovered from this deep dark hole, click here