Five Simple Strategies to Reduce Stress and Eliminate Exhaustion

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November 20, 2002 | 51,552 views

Do you often feel tired and stressed out? You‘re not alone. One of the most common problems I hear from patients is that they felt fatigued, anxious or depressed. And they often have trouble sleeping -- even though they are exhausted.

Most of them share a common underlying theme -- adrenal burnout. It‘s the result of racing through life with a constantly aroused sympathetic ("fight or flight") nervous system.

In the heightened nervous state of adrenal burnout, the body overproduces adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. Eventually, this causes the adrenal glands, the front line in the stress reaction, to show wear and tear and become depleted. This frequently leads to an impairment in the thyroid gland, which can cause a further decline in energy level and mood and is one of the reasons why so many women have thyroid glands that don‘t work well.

Fortunately, you can help reverse this problem by making a few simple lifestyle changes:

Eat steadily, all day long. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. When you‘re hungry, your blood sugar drops, stressing your adrenal glands and triggering your sympathetic nervous system. That causes light-headedness, cravings, anxiety and fatigue.

Skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast and "graze" healthfully every two to four hours, your "metabolic flame" will burn evenly all day and your blood sugar won‘t take any sharp dips. You‘ll feel more rested and energetic.

Another drawback to skipping meals: The resulting low blood sugar can slow the speed at which you process information and shorten your attention span.

Eat More Raw Uncooked Food. Stopping at MacDonald‘s for breakfast is the way most American‘s eat breakfast, but this will not allow you to receive the maximum energy that uncooked food stores. Raw eggs may take some getting used to, but they are an inexpensive way to increase the amount of uncooked protein and fat in your diet. And forget the myths of their great risk: the risk of salmonella from raw eggs is only 1 in 30,000, and even that risk can be greatly avoided by carefully examining the eggs prior to eating them.

 

 

Pay off your sleep debt. During sleep your adrenal glands are restored and repaired. Unfortunately, most of us place little value on sleep, and end up getting less than we need, night after night. Result: Your adrenal glands stay depleted.

The average person needs six to eight hours of sleep each night. Sleeping under six hours will actually accelerate aging and increase your risk of diabetes. If you feel as if you‘re dragging, you need the full eight hours of sleep..

For better sleep:

Other strategies for excellent sleeping can be found on my site.

Avoid energy-zappers. A variety of toxins in food and the environment contribute to a heightened adrenal response:...

Consider Vegetable Juicing for Breakfast.

In the place of chemical cleaning products, I highly recommend the PerfectClean line of cleaning tools, like the PerfectClean terry cloths and dusters. Due to their ultra-microfiber construction, you can use them with only water (so you eliminate the need for cleaning your home with chemicals) and they clean at a deeper level than any other product you could find out there.

Start by making just a few of the changes defined in the five sections above. You will begin to see major improvements within days. Build on your energy levels and relaxed stress by incorporating more of the changes as you go along, and your adrenal burnout will soon be a distant memory.