From Breakdown to Breakthrough

From Breakdown to Breakthrough

Everyone has his or her own story. Some much more painful then others, and most are rarely shared. Do you ever look around you and wonder what others stories are? As an empath I can tell you that even without trying I can sense others pain, and know that their story is rich and weaving. It is a great conduit for me to know and understand that not much that others say and do has anything to do with me, and it helps to bring compassion into my heart for everyone. Knowing that my soul is not any different from anyone else, and my container means nothing in the scheme of it all, helps me to remain humble; from breakdown to breakthrough.

 

I am sure you have heard the quote “life is a journey”. Not only it is a journey but it is also about learning lessons from everyone we meet. It is about karma. Will we choose to listen and embrace the lessons or continue to make the same mistakes every day, or every lifetime for that matter? Whether you are amidst breakdown or breakthrough, know that good and bad are only temporary. We are light and we are darkness. Embracing that concept will help you to breakthrough whatever is currently in front of you.

 

Do I have all the answers? I assure you VERY far from it. I did recently have a major breakdown in my life, over a number of years in fact..and it took quite the effort to begin to see the light of breakthrough. So although I do not have all the answers, I can assure you coming pretty close to my own demise I have learned an awful lot about this life and myself.

 

What have I learned from it all that I want to share with you?

 

You are enough. In every day, in every moment, you are enough. You don’t have to be more, or do more, or buy more to be who you are meant to be. You are enough does not mean that you will never need help, or that you will never make any mistakes. But if someone makes you feel like you are not enough or tells you that you are not enough, in action or words……walk away.

 

Stop blaming external forces and change your own story. I got sick. Really sick. Having a doctor tell me that I was in a life and death situation was really eye opening, and scary. “Life crisis” was the words the doctor said that rang in my head for weeks. I finally realized that I was allowing myself to play the victim in my situation. My health crisis was not due to something I was eating or not eating, or the fact that I did not exercise enough. It did not happen overnight either. There were some very clear patterns in my life that I was repeating. I was not taking the reins to change my own story. I was giving up and saying “this is just how it is”. The moment I had a catalyst in my life to hold a mirror in front of my face and encourage me to see the truth, I stood back up. They gently showed me the way. I changed my story. I healed, pretty quickly in fact. After YEARS of being sick. Do you need to change your story? It is scary….but you can do it!

 

Focus on what you can control. I know this may sound cliché, but it is more true than any of us realize. Over the holidays I found myself in some very tumultuous times. I was alone. I was really angry at things that had “happened to me”. I was nearing breakthrough but did not see it yet. One night laying in bed after talking to a dear friend in Arizona I realized I was placing focus on things I could not have possibly controlled. I had taken responsibility for all of it, I saw it as things that “happened to me”, and I was miserable. The phrase “happened to me” very much made me a victim….and I am no victim. I played situations over and over in my head to see how I could have changed the outcomes. I had to stop. I decided to make my mantra “Take control of only what you are responsible for”. I said it hundreds of times, thousands. I wrote in a journal about the events of the last 6 years of my life that brought me to where I was. I realized I took responsibility for the behavior of others often. I was reactive instead of being proactive. Now to be fair to myself, life had really thrown me a curveball….or had it? Perhaps breakthrough requires breakdown. Evaluate what you are trying to take control of or responsibility for. If it does not belong to you…put it down!

 

Focus on the good. Whether you are a pessimist, optimist, or realist has everything to do with how you are going to feel, think, and act. And if you think you are doomed to be a pessimist all your life..I challenge you. You can change it. You have the choice. You will fall down, you will have to start over, many times…but you can change it. I focused on the bad during these hard times in my life. To tell the truth, I had actually resigned to the fact that I would not get better and never see my boys grow up, and well…never find that love for myself, or for someone else. But guess what? I did. I changed. I made the choice. So can you!

 

Stop shoulding all over yourself. Bet that made you smile! I know we have all done it. I should _______insert your thoughts here___________. Does this line of thinking empower you? This line of thinking more often than not has nothing at all to do with what we want for ourselves. Insert societal pressure, judgment from others, or comparison to others. TOXIC. Stop wanting to do more. That is not the answer. The answer is being true to you, no mater what anyone else thinks. A friend said to me in the last couple of months….”Let’s make to be lists instead of to do lists”. It was a brilliant idea and one that I have since adopted in my life. I no longer say I should eat healthier, I say I want to be healthy and happy…it is so much easier and brings much better results. So stop shoulding all over yourself. It is ok for it to be all about you as you are today, you deserve it. After all, you are always enough.

 

Steps towards growth..

 

The first step to some of these changes in pattern of thought or behavior is realizing you are doing it. Everyone’s perception of reality and life is different. They will not match your own or your expectations…..so stop expecting so much from others and take care of you first. Start replacing the “bad with the good”. Things are what they are….but what they are can always be changed.

 

One last thing…..

 

One last piece of advice, embrace others for exactly what they do bring to your life. Whether they provided a lesson to be learned, painful or otherwise, someone who always supports you fiercely no matter what, or someone who truly accepts you for exactly who you are with no judgment and loves you unconditionally…embrace them all!

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Dosha’s-Finding Balance

Ayurvedic Dosha’s-Finding Balance

Are you familiar with the dosha’s in Ayurvedic practice (Vata, pitta, kapha)? If so, let’s move forward to get some basics surrounding each one of the dosha’s, and how you can help to find and maintain balance in your life.

If you do not know what your dosha is and want to find out, take this quiz here, then come back and read on.

Vata:

Vata types tend to be chilly, have dry skin, and are light. What I mean by light is somewhat flighty, and ungrounded.

Vata’s are governed by movement, the nervous system and overall elimination.

Vata’s in balance have an abundance of energy, a highly creative mind, and are very lively and enthusiastic.

On the other end, vata’s out of balance tend to suffer from constipation, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, and challenges in their digestive system.

Helping Vata to Find Balance

A primary consideration for Vata types is working to stick to a routine in all things: diet, work, exercise, sleep, and play. Vata’s should try to stay warm, as they tend to be thin and cold. A nice hot cup of herbal tea is a good idea as a calming routine to find balance. Examples would be a tea containing ginger as a warming herb, or a nice glass of warmed turmeric milk (recipe below from Wellness Mama).

Ingredients
  • 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, pecan, coconut and dairy all work in this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric or Turmeric Spice Mix
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste (optional)
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Then, Pour into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. Drink immediately

Original recipe here

A morning practice of Abhyanga is also very helpful, using slightly warmed oil. Follow this link to learn more about this practice. You can use an essential oil blend if you so choose.

Here is an idea:

Frankincense Boswellia serrata (grounding) 3 parts
Vanilla bourbon CO2 Vanilla planifolia (calming) 2 parts
Black pepper Piper nigrum (warming) 1 part

Dilute properly in your carrier oil

**Always check contraindications before use.

Pitta

Pitta types tend to run hot, are intense personalities, have strong digestive systems (hot pepper? no problem) and have a strong sex drive.

Pitta’s are governed by their strong digestive fire, metabolism, and over all fiery nature that can manifest in not only the body but the mind as well.

Pitta in balance have beautiful skin complexion, strong digestion, and abundant energy.

Pitta out of balance can have skin issues (rashes), heartburn and indigestion, and the fire of the body and mind goes into overdrive, causing sweating, irritability and short-temperedness.

Helping Pitta to Find Balance

When the outdoors are hot, seek the cooling indoors, shade, or a nice dip in the water. Balance and rest are key when hot. Cooling foods will go a long way such as fruits or cucumber, and drinking plenty of liquids (skip the alcohol).

Pitta needs to remember to not take life so seriously, and let go of the need to be so tidy and organized. Live a little!

When using carrier oils, choose the cooler ones such as coconut, almond, or olive.

Cooling hydrosol facial mists containing cucumber or peppermint hydrosol are a winner for every pitta.

A cooling massage oil can help to soothe the fiery soul of a pitta:

Spearmint (cooling) Mentha spicata 3 parts
Lavender (soothing) Lavandula angustifolia 2 parts
Eucalyptus (cooling) Eucalyptus radiata 1 part

Dilute properly in your carrier oil

**Always check contraindications before use.

Kapha

Kapha types are typically heavy, slow, solid, and tend to have oily skin.

Kapha types are governed by the overall structure of the body. The primary function is protection.

In balance Kapha are strong with excellent stamina. They have large, soft loving eyes, and radiant skin. They tend to have thick and shiny hair. In balance they have brilliant sleep habits and regular digestion.

However, when Kapha is out of balance, they tend to be overweight, sleep becomes either excessive or scant, they can easily become depressed and allergies tend to manifest in the form of sinus issues, skin rashes and the like.

Helping Kapha to Find Balance

Kapha need consistent activity. Variety in exercise is great as they tend to get bored quickly…otherwise “change” is not a good word for Kapha types, so keeping a routine is good. This does not mean vacation from the daily routine is a bad thing; hard working Kapha NEED breaks just as much as they NEED routine.

Kapha’s should maintain a regular sleep schedule, wake early, and avoid the afternoon nap. Kapha tends to dislike extreme heat or cold, and like somewhere in the middle.

A neti pot routine is great for all dosha’s, but Kapha need assistance when allergies are at their high to keep cleansing the sinuses.

Kaphas should avoid clutter and keep things organized to stay calm. And remember, exercise is key for all Kapha’s.

Kapha’s should choose stimulating aroma’s. Here is an idea:

Sweet marjoram Origanum majorana (bright and stimulating) 3 parts
Sweet orange Citrus sinesis (bright and cheery) 2 parts
Chamomile Roman Anthemis nobilis (balancing) 1 part

Dilute properly in your carrier oil

**Always check contraindications before use.

 

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Preparing Your Mind and Body for Fall

Preparing Your Mind and Body for Fall

Summer is over, with the exception of a joyful Indian summer day like I had today in Southeastern Wisconsin. The temperature topped 75 degrees with the allure of the myriad of fall colors. But my mind and soul are preparing for fall and what that means symbolically.

The fall is when the world begins its descent into slumber for the upcoming winter, a time that we all know as a time for harvesting our crops…but more importantly a time when we quiet our spirits; ushering a time of stillness, much like the earth as it goes into hibernation.

Focus on the Mind

What should we be contemplating during this time? A great start would be to cleanse yourself and your surroundings. I am not a big fan of sage burning, I would replace it with cedar; but I prefer to burn the resin of frankincense and myrrh.

Celebrating with friends around a bonfire is a great way to welcome the changing of seasons. If you so desire, this would be a great time for intention setting, or a ceremonial spell.

If you have an alter in your home, add things to it during this time to set intentions for the slumber. What do you need to look at internally in yourself? Where have you lost focus? The western world is inherently trained for doing, acquiring, and a frenzy of hard work with no rest, always focusing outward. Downtime is crucial for our wellness and going inward. When I say downtime I do not mean watching television or scrolling through Facebook. We must find that crucial balance for wellness.

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This is my alter

Make Your Lists

One of my first mentor’s Dr. Deb Kern taught me to do things that make me happy. Sounds simple right? For many people it isn’t. Many of us are martyr’s and the first thing that may come to mind are things like spending more time with your kids or your friends/family, or doing things for them, seeing them smile, etc. These are NOT the kind of things I am talking about. The things that make you happy have to have NOTHING to do with another person. This is ALL ABOUT YOU.

Grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Make sure you are alone so you can have some real time to think. I want you to write a list of pleasures. Don’t leave anything out. What do you like to do? What makes you happy? What are your talents? What is something that you used to love to do only you feel you have no time for it anymore…write that down! Pleasures should include your deepest desires. Ones that may make you blush if someone else read your list. Do not leave anything out. The list may be hard to write at first, but don’t give up! Revisit it over a period of a few days. You might surprise yourself with how long your list becomes.

Now sit back and read what you wrote. How many things on your pleasures list do you do everyday? None? One? Many?

This season is the PERFECT time to indulge in your pleasures. You may be thinking you are too busy, how am I going to have time to do these things. TRUST ME, if you are dedicated to a pleasure or a friend or loved one, you make the time. I like to aim for one thing a day, but if you can do three things…you are way ahead of the game.

I found when I first made my lists that I barely touched any of those things in a weeks time, or even a month! It was truly a shocking realization for me. I stared at my list and thought, where did I go wrong, what do I do that keeps me nourished? When did I stop doing these things? I make sure to revisit the list often to check in with myself and make sure that I am staying on track. I know exactly where my lists are at all times, because the more I do these things the more I find that I love and have to add to my list!

This is a great start to moving toward the slumber that is the winter. The more you practice these things, I guarantee the more you will learn about yourself in the process.

Resolutions and Intentions

I am not a fan of new years resolutions set one time of year. I make them all year long. Positive affirmations or mantras are a great way to follow through with any particular resolutions or intentions you may have.

A great tip is to make sure your resolutions or intentions stay on the positive. Never start them with “I will stop”, “I will quit” or anything that says you want to refrain from doing something. Here are a few great questions to ask yourself to frame your affirmations:

1. What can I do this season to bring more pleasure into my life?
2. How can I best focus on what I am grateful for?
3. What can I awaken inside of me to make life the best it can be?

Once you can sit with these questions and formulate some wants and needs, you can begin to create affirmation or mantra. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. I feel safe in the flow of my ever-changing life.
2. I deserve the best, and I accept it now.
3. I am open to new and powerful changes.

The possibilities of affirmations are endless; just remember to keep them positive. I have post-it notes around my home and in my car reminding me of some of my favorites, and I say them often.

Bringing the Body Into Balance-Balancing Darkness with the Light

Nourishing your Body

Do you eat for the seasons? What I mean by this is do you eat food that is in season in your local area? There is much reasoning behind this practice. Have you ever noticed that during the winter when you eat a salad or have a fresh squeezed vegetable juice that you are left feeling cold all day? Reason being, you are meant to eat those things in the heat of the summer to cool you.

Another mentor Andrea Beaman states, “Seasons change and so should we”. Eating for the seasons is by for one of THE best ways for keeping the body in balance.

Andrea states:

“As we move from summer to fall the air grows cooler and the body begins to slightly contract. This naturally starts the process of “release.”

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lungs and large intestine do their job by pushing excess sugars and sweets (fruits) that were abundantly available during the summer season out of the body. This helps prepare the body for winter.

Most people recognize this “squeeze” as a cold, runny nose, or congestion at this time of year. It’s perfectly normal. There’s no need to run to the pharmacy for cold medicine to stop this discharge process – just let your body do what it is designed to do… release and clear out some excess stuff”.

So what should you be eating this time of year? Warming pungent soups is a great place to start. Pull out that crock pot and fill your home with the wonderful aromas that soup can bring. Bone broth, ghee, and herbs such as parsley and garlic are also great choices.

Yoga

Not a yogi? You don’t have to be. Cultivating a yin yoga practice is ideal for fall and healing and does not take years of practice to do. Yin poses are passive poses those that are held for 3-5 minutes. Think sweet surrender. These poses help you to gain insight and clarity as you move into the dormant period of winter.

Pranayama (breathing) practice is also beneficial during this time to open the lungs and clear out stagnant energy.

Here is a great link to help you on your way to some basic yin yoga poses for this quiet and introspective time of year.

Meditation

Do not let the practice of meditation intimidate you. There is no right or wrong way to do it, and your mind will never stay “silent”, so if that is your fear or reason you have been discouraged in the past….wipe that slate clean. Meditation helps the body and mind, so it could fall into both categories,. I have been practicing meditation for more than a decade. The ability to do so has waxed and waned over the years, but at the height of my yoga practice, I was sitting for 30-45 minutes performing meditation. During this time I was very mentally fit, and it took quite a bit of external stimuli to shake me. Today, the amount of time that I meditate is directly reflected on the state of my inner dialogue throughout the day (it needs improvement). In other words, the more time you take to quiet the mind, the stronger and more at peace you will feel throughout the day.

What are some of the benefits of meditation?

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Here is a great link to help get you started.

Exercise

I do not like to place a large emphasis on vigorous exercise during this time. Yoga will go a long way to keep your body, joints, and muscles supple, but do not hesitate to get outside and feel the crunch of leaves or even snow under your feet with a nice nature walk, everyday if it suits you.

I still practice earthing during this time of year. The cool grass between my toes is a welcome pleasure. When I am feeling out of sorts and need to feel more grounded, I take my bare feet to the earth.

Another way I get in a little bit of exercise and movement AND check off one of my pleasures is to dance. I have been known to dance alone (often), and my kids are very versed on random dance parties in the kitchen. Expressing myself through dance and feeling the music is very healing for me, and really gets the stagnant negative energy on it’s way out!

Closing

Fall reminds of of the impermanence of everything. The more we contemplate these changes in nature, the more we can appreciate life and it’s continual change. In order for there to be light, there needs to be dark. Embrace it.

 

 

10 Ways to Feel More Grounded Every Day

10 Ways to Feel More Grounded Every Day

This blog first appeared on the ACHS health and wellness blog here

Developing a wellness plan sounds overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Like most plans for wellness, the hardest part is staying on course.

Before we get started, I want to emphasize that wherever you are on any given day is exactly where you should be. There is no room in life for self-sabotage or limiting beliefs. Always love yourself! Look for the positive in every situation, and you will be on your way to wellness.

This article will not be about eating or exercise. The “wellness” that most of us struggle with is our thoughts: our emotional and mental wellness. The goal is to master your mind instead of being its slave.

Here are 10 ways to foster mental and emotional wellness and a stress-free life that work for me:

1. Accomplish Your To-Do List

Many of us have incredibly long to-do lists. Sometimes it feels as if the list never gets shorter.

I recommend picking three things from your to-do list every day, and focus on those three things. Narrowing your focus helps you to feel less overwhelmed with all there is to do. At the end of the day, look at the three things you completed and enjoy your accomplishment.

2. Evaluate, Don’t Dwell

When encountering a problem in life or a change of plan, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate. If you step out of a situation and give yourself time to calm down, you may realize it was not much of a “problem” after all.

Once a problem is identified, think about possible ways to solve it. Ignoring the problem is not the answer. Once you have made a decision on how to handle the issue, move on. Don’t dwell on it.

3. Sidestep Drama

You can probably identify things in your life that trigger stress or negative feelings. This could be a person, place, or situation. If there are people or things that throw you off course, I suggest avoiding them altogether.

If it is something that cannot be avoided, try creating a mantra to repeat when needed, such as “I can handle whatever comes my way.” It’s simple, yet can be very effective. Surround yourself with people that lift you up.

4. Remember: You’re Responsible for Your Own
Happiness

If you work with clients everyday this section is especially for you!

So many of us spend our days working hard, doing what needs to be done, and graciously helping others, but not spending much time on ourselves. I have an exercise for you. It’s time to make a list.

Make a list of all the things you can think of that make you happy. Spend 15 minutes on this exercise. Do you like to read, paint, sing, dance, do yoga, spend time in nature, read a book, or take a bath? Make the list as thorough as you can. When you are done, look it over. How many of those things do you do everyday? You are responsible for you own happiness; start doing things every day that make you happy.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

Happy Quote

5. Don’t Forget to Breathe

Let’s face it; there are times when a problem cannot be fixed. When you hold on to things for too long, it can become an energy leak.

One method I use to let things go, stay present, and reset my mind is through my breath.

Try a technique called the 4–7-8 breathing technique. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “The 4-7-8 Breath (also known as the Relaxing Breath) is the perfect, portable stress antidote, as it puts the practitioner in a relaxed state almost immediately. It takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.” [1]

Breathe in through your nose slowly to the count of four. Hold that breath to a count of seven, and then slowly exhale through your mouth to a count of eight. Perform this exercise five to ten times for maximum benefits.

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne W. Dyer

6. Take Electronic Vacations

By electronic vacations, I don’t mean take all of your electronics and sit on the couch all day. What I mean is put them away. There is plenty to see around you. Turn off your electronics and look around. Do not let the beauty of real life pass you by. Electronics have their purpose, but our society is addicted. Getting back to nature would do all of us a lot of good!

7. Practice Guided Imagery

Guided imagery or guided visualization is a great tool to utilize when you need to take your worried mind to a quiet, blissful sanctuary. Do you have a favorite place that helps all the stresses of life melt away? This may be a place you went on vacation or a place that resides only in your imagination.

To utilize this relaxation tool, get comfortable either sitting or laying down, and begin to focus on your breath. Close or soften your eyes and transport yourself to your favorite place. Take in all of the sights, smells, and sounds. Five to 10 minutes in your happy place will leave you both relaxed and energized.

8. Forgive Yourself

We all make mistakes, but how we recover from them is important. Replaying mistakes over and over again is exhausting. You cannot go back and change it, so you have to move forward. Realize you did the best you could, and move on. Mantras work great as does tapping or the Emotional Freedom Technique. A great website that can teach you just how this works to diffuse negative feelings is: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/ [2]

“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

9. Take an Aromatherapy Bath

An aromatic bath is a nice treat at the end of a busy day and can help promote restful sleep.

Recipe:

1 cup quality Epsom salts

1T carrier oil such as jojoba oil OR full fat milk/cream

3-5 drops essential oil (Try lavenderLavandula angustifolia and Roman chamomile Chamaemelum nobile)

Directions: Mix together in a non-reactive container. Fill your bath and add a few drops into the water.

10. Pay it Forward

Contribute to your community or your field. Selfless compassion for others is very rewarding. Helping others lifts you up like nothing else can.

In the words of Helen Keller: Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Incorporate some of these ideas into your wellness plan, and I believe you’ll find yourself more grounded and at peace. If you can work to calm your mind from the busyness of life, you will be better equipped to help others and on your way to improved wellness.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a student of American College of Healthcare Sciences, the Institution that publishes this blog. However, all opinions are my own. This blog may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

References

[1] Breathing Exercises, 4-7-8 Breath. Retrieved from:http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/VDR00160/Dr-Weils-Breathing-Exercises-4-7-8-Breath.html

[2] The Tapping Solution. Retrieved from: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/

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The Most Common Cause Of Fatigue That Is Missed By Doctors

The Most Common Cause Of Fatigue That Is Missed By Doctors

Your adrenal glands are each no bigger than a walnut and weigh less than a grape, yet are responsible for one of the most important functions in your body; managing stress.

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So what happens to you body when you are under constant stress for a long period of time? Your adrenal glands can no longer keep up and well…they simply get tired. What does that mean for you? Adrenal fatigue arises when your adrenal glands cannot meet the demands of stress, chronic unrelenting stress. Whether you have an emotional crisis such as the death of a loved one, a physical crisis such as major surgery or accident, or any type of severe repeated or constant stress in your life, your adrenals have to respond to the stress and maintain homeostasis. If their response is inadequate, you enter into what is termed adrenal fatigue, in it’s various stages.

It’s estimated that up to 80% of adults experience adrenal fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the United States.

As part of your endocrine system, your adrenal glands secrete more than 50 hormones, many of which are essential for life and include:

  • Glucocorticoids. These hormones, which include cortisol, help your body convert food into energy, normalize blood sugar, respond to stress and maintain your immune system’s inflammatory response.
  • Mineralocorticoids. These hormones, which include aldosterone, help keep your blood pressure and blood volume normal by maintaining a proper balance of sodium, potassium and water in your body.
  • Adrenaline. This hormone increases your heart rate and controls blood flow to your muscles and brain, along with helping with the conversion of glycogen to glucose in your liver. (Endocrine Web)

 

 

These hormones in these tiny little glands work together to perform many functions including:

 

  • Maintaining metabolic processes, such as managing blood sugar levels and regulating inflammation
  • Regulating your body’s balance of salt and water
  • Controlling your “fight or flight” response to stress
  • Maintaining pregnancy
  • Initiating and controlling sexual maturation during childhood and puberty
  • Producing sex steroids such as estrogen and testosterone

 

When we are under constant stress of face a major life event our flight or fight is constantly turned on. Our body no longer recognizes how to turn it off and as a result cortisol floods our body at high rates all day long.  (Stage 1) This can only go on for so long before the glands totally poop out and cortisol plummets (Stage 2/3)

 

So what are some signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue? (You may exhibit some but not all of the following):

 

  • Tendency to gain weight around the middle, difficult to lose
  • High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases and these symptoms tend to last longer than usual
  • Tendency to tremble when under pressure and feel shaky inside
  • Loss of libido
  • Lightheaded when rising from a horizontal position or standing up to quickly from seated position
  • Unable to remember things/brain fog
  • Lack of energy in the mornings and in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm.
  • May temporarily feel better after a meal
  • Need coffee/caffeine to get going in the morning.
  • Cravings for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese.
  • Strong PMS symptoms (AF symptoms also increase during PMS)
  • Feels better when stress is relieved, such as on a vacation.
  • Muscle pain, weakness, and fatigue
  • Decreased ability to handle any amount of stress
  • Depression
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Low body temperature
  • Gut issues
  • Nervousness

(Find information like this and more at Stopthethyroidmadness.com)

This can all be very overwhelming. If some of these symptoms sounds like what you might be dealing with, I recommend contacting an ND, integrative, or functional medicine doctor. It is difficult to list out what you can to to heal because every stage of adrenal fatigue benefits from different supplements.

There are a two things that I can share….sleep, A LOT……and reduce stress.

Sleep

 

We need sleep to heal, to restore and help our adrenals rest and rejuvenate. 8 hours or more is optimal when you are suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Our ability to handle stress, physical or emotional, is a cornerstone to human survival. Therefore, the one thing that is consistent to healing  is stress reduction. Changing your thought process and taking care of #1…you.

A few other tips:

  • Eat healthy
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Add a small pinch of sea salt to your water
  • Eat food plentiful in vitamin C
  • Magnesium before bed can help get you a good night sleep.>>This is the one I use
  • Include probiotics in your daily diet as well as digestive enzymes
  • Anti-Inflammatory herbs such as turmeric and ginger help with chronic inflammation

Here are a couple of links to other blogs that I have written in regards to stress reduction, relaxation and techniques to help get through rough situations. (see a theme here?)

Tips for relaxation

 Stressed Out?

EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique

Here are a couple of great books that I have read and recommend to you:

 Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome-Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Clinically Proven Natural Programs

References

http://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-adrenal-glands

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/

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Are you happy? Follow your bliss!

Are you happy? Follow your bliss!

Am I happy? Do I follow my bliss? What is my path in life? These are just a few of the many questions that we ask ourselves on a daily basis. Some of us look into the future for our happiness….once I land my perfect job I will be happy. When I move to ____ I will be happy. When I retire I will be happy.

WHY NOT BE HAPPY RIGHT NOW!?!

Happiness is not something that we “find” in the outside world. Happiness is found within ourselves. The saying goes you can’t love someone else until you truly love yourself. This statement is so true, as it is with happiness. When someone is truly happy, comfortable in their own skin, love themselves completely including all their faults, you can feel their energy. You feel great in their presence…it is contagious. They spread their happiness like a soft blanket. You can’t help but to smile, feel good and maybe even wonder, why can’t I be like that?

YOU CAN!

The first step is to be willing. Take a positive attitude no matter the situation. Say I am willing to try instead of I can’t do that. Realize that life is so short and it is never too late to turn things around.

IT IS POSSIBLE!

Develop a mindset that is focused on finding and following your bliss. This means allowing time and energy to explore different things. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.  At least a little bit. What humbles you, bringing you to your knees? What do you stand gaping, open-mouthed in awe of? Who do you love impossibly and with every inch of possibility? …is it Art? Painting? Singing? Dancing? Writing? Gardening? Cooking? What would you do even if you weren’t getting paid for it? Think about it….then do it. You can’t “find your bliss” by doing the day to day routing with no changes..no excitement. Make a list of things that make you feel great, something that you have a passion for and make time for it. No excuses, do not say I will start tomorrow or I do not have time. Make time, start right now!

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”―Joseph Campbell

IT IS TIME!

Most of all if you are unhappy in a situation change it. I realize some things can’t happen overnight, but they can be done. I have had the pleasure of hearing stories of people selling everything they own….down to towels and sheets and moving across country, children in tow to start a new life. People quitting their job because it was not their life calling to start a whole new venture, no promises, no guarantees and been happier than ever before. Going back to school in their 40’s to start a whole new career. Leaving their husband of years without a career of their own, but needed to stand on their own two feet. I have heard story upon story of brave souls who made the change, who took that first scary step into the abyss…..to be happier than ever. You can do it too.

Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real. Deepak Chopra

Coming upLook for future blog’s for ways to follow your bliss and find true happiness <3

 

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