Chronic stress leads to adrenal fatigue which often also underlies hypothyroidism. Read more about that in this post.
In this post I am giving you the details to 3 steps you can take to reduce chronic stress and start nurturing your adrenals.
- Start resting!
- Feed your adrenals
- Get homeopathic treatment
If you are stage 3 adrenal fatigue, then you probably can’t do much more besides rest. Know that resting is the best healing you can give yourself. Sleep, sleep, sleep but also do gentle exercises such as swimming, walking in beautiful environments, or cycling.
If you are stage 1 (alarm fase) or 2 (adaptation fase), your cortisol levels will be frequently high or constantly high which will make resting very hard. During the day you will feel restless but exhausted, while at night the cortisol prevents you from having quality sleep. You get up even more tired which is stressful and continues to keep up your cortisol. The only solution is to FORCE REST.
You need to honor your circadian rhythm which is your body clock. We produce cortisol in the morning to get us going, while in the evening cortisol drops and we produce melatonin to fall asleep. Activities at night, coffee, alcohol, and screen time (phone, computer, tablet, TV) raise cortisol which inhibits melatonin production.
So set a nighttime ritual:
- Stop using your screens 1-2 hours before you want to fall asleep
- DON’T drink caffeinated drinks or alcohol
- DO drink teas like chamomile, rose, lavender, or any evening / nighttime blends
- Dim the lights
After doing this for a few days, you will start to notice you get tired at night naturally and get better sleep. It may take longer than that to start to feel refreshed waking up.
If you mean business, you can also incorporate:
- Calming essential oils such as lavender, vetiver, rose, bergamot or chamomile
- Magnesium spray
- Warm (foot)baths with epsom salts
- Gentle music
- Candle light
- Heat packs on your belly, neck or back to relax muscles to reduce physical stress
- Massage your feet or have someone massage your back (professional, lover or family member)
- Get osteopathic treatment to set you straight every now and then
- The exercise in this video I did on how to reduce cortisol and raise DHEA instantly
Feeding your body & adrenals
It starts with what you should not be feeding your adrenals. Stimulants encourage adrenals to fire cortisol which indeed keeps you going, but depletes your adrenals and gets you too wired for rest at night. If you want to go cold turkey great, but it will already make a difference if you stop using stimulants in the afternoon and evening. Yes you will feel tired, but that is the thing.. you ARE tired, and you NEED rest. The most common stimulants:
- Coffee and caffeinated tea
- Orange juice
If you caffeine no longer picks up your energy, that’s an indication that you are already stage 3 adrenal fatigue, in which case you should stop stimulants altogether.
Now that you stopped pestering your adrenals, you can start feeding them. In my experience, a tincture combination of ginseng, gingko and glycyrrhiza (liquorice) is the very best. It feeds your adrenals but also works instantly so I use it as a pick-me-up when needed (eg afternoon dip). Any supplement containing these herbs is useful and will often be sold as ‘adrenal support’. Take such supplements for at least 2-3 months to assess their effect.
Magnesium is a big one too. Stress depletes you of magnesium and a lack of it makes you nervous and restless. So top it up during stressful times, with epsom salt baths, supplements or a magnesium spray that you can use before bedtime.
Vitamin C is an anti oxidant so supplementing with that supports your immune system, reduces inflammations and helps you get rid of toxins that cause also stress in your body.
For more advice regarding for example vitamin B or other supplements, seek the help of a nutritionist. If you are not on a good quality multi vitamin, essential fatty acids, and probiotics… that’s where you really need to start. Any good nature store or homeopathic pharmacy can advice you on those.
Lifestyle changes can already make a big difference, but when you suffer with adrenal fatigue or stress-induced hypothyroidism, you will need supplements too. Homeopathic remedies can help your adrenals recover quicker, restore hormone balance, reduce inflammations and address chronic stress that started it in the first place.