Do you find yourself constantly fatigued, and struggling to get out of bed in the mornings? Do you feel unable to cope with stressful situations? Does your day revolve around consuming stimulants like coffee and overdosing on sugar? If so, these could be the early signs of adrenal fatigue, which are most commonly experienced as low energy and the need for multiple shots of caffeine to rev up the morning or as a way to get through an afternoon slump. If this sounds like you, read on so you can start to nourish, recover and restore your adrenal glands… and as you might guess, stress levels play a role in this process as well.
Step 1 is to evaluate and eliminate any stressors. Take a serious look at your daily schedule. What are you saying yes to that is not bringing you joy or is overwhelming you? Axe it! Instead, make room for deep breathing, meditation and simple yoga. Just a few moments a day (as little as 5 minutes!) can reduce your stress levels.
Improve your diet. Limit caffeine and other stimulants. One instant improvement would be start off your day with a healthy dose of 40 grams of protein. Eliminate sugar and processed grains. Add herbs, coconut and olive oils to your food.
Get better sleep. Improving your sleep hygiene is something to seriously think about. Things like managing your screen time, eliminating sources of light, having an evening routine, can have a positive impact on the quality of your sleep. Creating a transition ritual from daytime to night, and preparing your body for sleep is critical to getting a solid night’s rest.
Eat nutritious foods. Once you’ve improved your diet, you want to be sure you eating the rainbow, such as greens and brightly colored vegetables. In terms of your adrenals, they won’t be as stressed, since your blood sugar and insulin levels will be more balanced.
Don’t overdo the cardio. Excessive cardio is hard on the adrenals. When you are trying to repair and restore, be sure to add more relaxing forms of exercise, such as walking outdoors, to your routine.
Finally, practice calming mindfulness. Internal noise can wreak havoc on all apsects of your health. The benefits of a calm and mindful state of mind cannot be expressed enough when it comes to your total well-being. But if you are feeling overworked, stressed and tired more often than not, it’s time for you to develop a daily practice of mindfulness. If you need help developing a structure for this type of ritual, consider options that make it easy and where you can feel some instant gratification as well as relaxation. For example, this is one of the primary reasons we developed Salty Bath. You can have a warm salty bath that serves many purposes: it’s good for your health, it calms nerves and anxiety and reduces stress, promotes better sleep, and eliminates toxins, plus we provide spiritual tools to help you clear your mind with candles, crystals and intentions to ground you. The essential oils we use will envelop your senses for a dose of aromatherapy which add to your overall relaxing experience. Everything you need to de-stress comes in one box, for you to simply enjoy. It’s an affordable way to make the type of change your body and mind need be rested and recharged.
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Sometimes we get so caught up in the whirlwind of life, it’s hard to catch our breath. If you feel like you are constantly running on fumes, the last thing you need is to head into the holidays completely depleted. The secret to getting control is actually easier than you think.
Want to be more confident and relaxed, yet still be a productive MOFO? The first step is to set intentions to help you steer your energy into a better place. Rather than a complete life overhaul, we’ve got a simple game plan that supports your vitality and growth. With just a few, easy tweaks, you will sleep like a baby, replenish vital minerals to your body so you feel more energized, and give your immune system a needed boost… starting now, just in time for the holiday season. Here’s how:
GET BETTER SLEEP: A WARM BATH WITH A CHERRY ON TOP
Need help quieting your mind, and drifting off into a deeper sleep? Studies show cherry juice helps you sleep better because the fruit is packed with melatonin. An hour before bedtime, drink an 8-ounce glass of tart cherry juice for the dreamiest ZZZs. Taking a warm salt bath is an ideal way to wash the energy off from the day, completely unwind, reduce stress, and soothe a tired, overworked, fatigued body. Combine these two and insomnia and stress have no chance!
STRUCTURE YOUR NIGHTTIME ROUTINE, AND… INCLUDE A WAKE-UP RITUAL
Turn off your devices, and make sure your bed and room are cozy. Check your thermostat. Best sleeping conditions are when the room is on the cool side, around 68 degrees. Also, most people have a better time getting proper rest when they stick to a schedule of 8 solid hours, such as 11pm to 7am. That way you can train your body’s internal clock. In the morning, wake up, stretch and drink a glass of water with lemon.
Why lemon water? It energizes you, enhances your mood and boosts your immune system, which is a great way to start your day! Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and considered to support weight loss because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.
So, there you have it. End 2016, your most rested, most confident, and most joyous and productive self, with this simple plan… and let me know how it goes! Let’s all help each other thrive, and live a good vibe life.