Three Lifestyle Tips for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue
For adrenal fatigue sufferers, life can sometimes feel like one long struggle. Stress, long working hours, an unhealthy diet and toxic relationships are just some of the lifestyle factors that leave our adrenal glands in a weak and depleted state, resulting in that overwhelming feeling of tiredness and exhaustion you’re most probably all too familiar with.
Fortunately, there are lots of simple things you can do each day that can make a big difference to the way you feel – and the good news is that many of these things only take five or ten minutes out of your day, so you really have no excuse not to incorporate them into your daily routine! Just be aware that none of these things can work miracles, but they can collectively have a positive impact over time.
1. Spend more time outside
Many of us spend much of our day indoors staring at screens. Over the longer term, this can be extremely damaging to our health and is known to contribute to a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety and insomnia.
While it’s often not practical to be able to spend all day outside in the sunshine, even spending just ten or twenty minutes in an outdoor environment can have a significant refreshing and restorative effect. This might involve simply taking some time out to sit in your back yard or taking your lunch break in the park – or, when you have more time, you might take a trip to the beach or head out to a local beauty spot.
Whatever you do, try to absorb yourself in nature and become mindful of the things around you. Listen to the birds in the trees and embrace the feeling of the wind in your face. Close your eyes, allow your body to relax, and sit quietly as you imagine all your worries and stresses slowly draining away.
2. Go to bed earlier
A lack of sleep can seriously affect your life and leave you feeling constantly tired and drained. Indeed, most healthy adults require between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night in order to function at their best each day, so it’s easy to see how all those late nights and early mornings might be negatively affecting your energy levels.
If you regularly find yourself falling asleep in front of the television of an evening, it’s probably a sign that you should go to bed a little earlier. Some people with adrenal fatigue actually find that they get an extra burst of energy in the evening, but it is important to establish a regular routine and not go to bed too late if you want to feel energized the next day.
For some people, sleep can be a major problem in itself. If you often find it difficult to fall asleep in the evening (even though you might be feeling tired), or you frequently wake during the night, it’s well worth seeking out professional help and taking practical steps to address the issue. Insomnia can be caused by a variety of different things – for example, high cortisol levels can make it more difficult to fall asleep, while low blood sugar levels may disturb your sleep cycle.
3. Minimize time spent with people who drain your energy
Have you ever noticed that certain people just seem to drain your energy? Whether it’s your demanding boss who expects you to be available 24/7 or the friend who seemingly just loves complaining about anything and everything, spending time with these people can seriously harm your state of mind.
They say that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so it’s well worth thinking carefully about all the people in your life and reflecting on who elevates you and who drains you. In short, minimizing the amount of contact you have with “energy drainers” and surrounding yourself with more positive people can totally transform your life. In the case of colleagues, it might simply be a case of taking steps to develop a more positive working relationship with each other.