I am a busy person. I have a full time career that can be stressful for several reasons from the nature of it (public service) to specific organizational factors that I cannot go into of course. I always just say to people - yes, it is just like the show Parks and Recreation. Only more sad. LOL.
I also, obviously, have a very full life, here, on-line as well as at home and at the barn. I try to take care of myself. Meaning I try to move, not overeat (easier said than done for all of us), get enough water, get enough rest, etc. All while still being:
1. Productive at a career that is stressful and limiting when it should be full of successes and innovation. The word "career" implies that it is not a 40 hour per week gig. Also, it requires some odd hours and evening/weekend attention on more occasions than not.
2. Training on a regular basis to take care of my physical self.
3. Managing the barn schedule and tending to my horse.
4. Attempting to be a magical creature and nurturing my spiritual side.
5. Being a good mate to Sam.
6. Trying to have fun.
7. Caring for my indoor four legged family on a daily basis (which can be a challenge with a 25 year old cat who is basically my star patient in a super hands-on feline retirement home complete with twice a day room change overs and six times a day feedings of special life infusing gruel and heating pads).
8. Keeping my on-line life alive in order that it will be there for me to "retire" to when the time comes.
9. Doing all the stuff chicks do traditionally at home (this is not to take away from what the modern man does but let us face it, home life is still normally to a great extent one sided in terms of - laundry, dishes, cleaning, laundry....um did I mention laundry?).
Is it any wonder I was diagnosed with moderate adrenal fatigue? My first reaction was - oh plllleeeaassseee as I am not a person who gives much credit to illness in myself. I'm busy. Everyone is busy. THAT is reality these days. But, looking at the symptoms and the factors above I had to admit the possibility that something should maybe change?
Stress management is a huge factor in adrenal fatigue. This is a tough one for most of us. We aren't in charge of our lives or our stressors to a huge extent and my main stressor IS my career. I am still working on this one. I mean to say I am pondering solutions while in the meantime trying to band-aid a bleeder and thinking about possible ways to NOT react to the many daily obstacles and flat out ridiculous happenings at the workplace.
I have recently went on a caffeine reduction regimen. It is not fun. LOL. I would never have counted caffeine withdraw as something serious. And it isn't debilitating but surely is a pain in the ass. I have one cup of coffee in the morning. ONE. After that it is decaf coffee, green tea, water. The only soda I am having at this point is the very occasional treat. The headaches the first week were ridiculous. But, they have since subsided. What has not subsided is my afternoon sleepiness and evening exhaustion. I am told it is just a withdraw factor and that as my body normalizes these things will go away as well. Here is to hope, right? LOL.
Sleep. Aside from the exhaustion involved in giving up caffeine, I have also had to come to terms with some things about sleep. First, I truly am part sloth. I joke about this often but my optimal level of sleep truly is higher than the average. I feel well rested with nine or ten hours of sleep consistently. If I drop to six or seven for a couple of days, I feel it. Second related to sleep. I do not sleep well after drinking. So, my beloved beer or martini has been limited to weekend consumption when I can be assured of the opportunity to have additional sleep time in the early morning.
Love. What does love have to do with adrenal fatigue you ask? I am talking self love actually. This year I have deemed will be the year that I show myself the respect I deserve. The acceptance. The love. I am hard on myself. Always have been. I am demanding and berating and bitchy with my body and my mind. I was raised with the expectation that I would never be enough. Insert before "enough" whatever you wish. Pretty enough, smart enough, talented enough, hard working enough... In order to disprove this negative expectation I developed a very tough mindset when measuring my success. And it stuck. And worse, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, I still think I am not (insert word here) enough. Even more than the stress reduction, this is difficult.
So, this is what I have been up to in the wellness arena. It is a very busy time for me. LOL LOL LOL...
Trying to live well in every way...and sometimes laughing about it later.