Updated: May 20, 2019
I've struggled with adrenal fatigue in the past few years and have only recently really just realized the impact it's had on me, and taken the steps to manage it. Adrenal fatigue is caused by a decrease in the adrenal glands' ability to produce a diversity of hormones essential to life, commonly caused by chronic stress.
I was living a fast-paced lifestyle that eventually caught up with me in 2017, leading to a full-out burnout.
The stress I put on my mind, body, and spirit, began in university where truly the only ways to ensure that studying and projects were completed were pulling all-nighters and refueling with caffeine. This was okay for a short amount of time, but what it actually did for me was create the habit of pushing myself through anything, without stopping to take care of myself.
This continued into my first corporate job out of school, and set the tone for how the next few years would play out. Since I had this habit, when work demands and expectations naturally increased at different levels of promotion, I had less and less to give from - it wasn't sustainable at all.
Adding on to the stress from work, I moved to London in 2014 for my job and I didn't stop pushing. What I expected to be a fun adventure, was actually complete culture shock, and moving is one of the most stressful events we can experience. Cut to a few months later, where I realized I was in a toxic environment at the job at Google and was let go for whistle-blowing..
Then I moved to New York City, to my new job. The city in and of itself was the ultimate pressure on the adrenals, and I'm actually so grateful that I went there when I did because it truly brought everything to a head for me.
Again, I had the shiny marketing executive job with the most demanding yet prestigious clients, and my body, mind, and spirit were deteriorating. Healthy lifelong habits of mine took the back burner and everything continued to be about the job.
What I realized is there is a message in society that our job is our lifeblood, and that we need to sacrifice everything for it, including our health and wellness. There's also the notion that your work is supposed to be stressful because that means you're successful, and I've learned just recently that that's simply not true, if we don't want it to be.
During this period of my life, I knew I was out of balance when I developed a string of unexplained ailments and illnesses all related to the adrenal fatigue: gastritis, constant nasty infections, mouth sores, hemorrhoids, hair falling out, anxiety, depression - it was crazy. I would go from doctor to doctor and not find a cure. I was drinking heavily to numb the pain, and as a juxtaposition I was seeing a therapist weekly and practicing meditation when I could, and it still wasn't enough.
Then when I my dad passed away in 2016, that's when I really shut down. I had to take a leave of absence from work, because I wasn't able to even think straight and be productive. The drive I'd always felt was gone, and there was zero motivation. Grief added a whole other component I was not prepared to handle, and I knew then that it was time to get out of the toxic career, and the high energy city of New York, to ground myself in Massachusetts. I'm so thankful for this experience because it forced me to truly look at what was going on and make healthy choices for myself.
Until I made the lifestyle changes, both in my wellness and in my career by starting my own business, I was depleting my energy sources to the point where functioning each day was a struggle. I wouldn't wish burning out on anyone, it took me over a year of re-balancing to feel normal again, and I'm still working on it daily. I believe because our society puts such an emphasis on education and success, we internalize the belief that it needs to deplete us. I had seen this happen to my dad with his corporate marketing career, and it was a model that I'm sure many of us can relate to.
Recently I've helped several clients with adrenal fatigue, and these are the protocols I've shared with them that I've used on myself. Through working with my coach, I finally have my self-care habits as a priority, with essential oils being a major part of them. This self care in turn is leading to my success - ironically it's actually the opposite of what we are taught!
When your body is in balance it's able to act as the container for greater success and achievement.
The balance and inner peace should be the 'goal', not the need for external validation and achievement through work. That was a huge lesson for me.
I've worked a lot on separating my sense of self from my work and the oils have helped tremendously in doing so.
If you are struggling with adrenal fatigue, and so many of us are in our current society, especially women, there is hope because I'm recovering. There are natural solutions in essential oils, which gave me the opportunity to take full responsibility of my well-being, because I wasn't getting the help I was seeking in conventional medicine. That's why I share the oils in the hopes they will serve you as well.
Here are the top doTERRA essential oils that I use to support adrenal fatigue, and the recipes below. If you need support in adrenal fatigue and are ready to use these oils, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Some Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms:
Constantly feeling sick
Basil: Take two drops in a veggie cap or in water daily, rub 1 drop into lower back and back of neck
DDR Prime Cellular Complex Blend
Clary Calm Women's Blend
Zendocrine Detox Blend: Recently I had a healing where it was found that my liver was in need of major detox. I applied Zendocrine to my liver area every night before bed for 2 weeks after to bring it back in balance. Where I was once feeling discomfort, strain, and heat in that area, it completely went away. Liver health and adrenal fatigue syndrome are directly related, so it made sense why my liver was feeling the strain as well.
doTERRA Life Long Vitality Supplements (plant based and contain omega 3-6-9 which supports adrenal health, as well as cellular complex and wholefood vitamin) Taking these has given me more energy, support, and balance, and I really don't know what I would do without them now.
Adrenal Aid Roller
3 drops of Clove
4 drops of Lemon
3 drops of Frankincense
7 drops of Rosemary
Combine in a 5 ml roller bottle, fill remainder with carrier oil (I like fractionated coconut). Apply over kidneys, on both sides of back just below rib cage). Follow with a warm compress
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