Stress comes in many forms. While some stress is healthy and needed in order for you to grow, too much can do the exact opposite and can be very detrimental to your health and well being.
- Spend every morning in a “fog”and just can’t seem to wake up without excess caffeine.
- frequently feel
- have trouble falling or staying asleepat night.
- feel unusually cranky, emotional, or frustrated.
- lethargicmost of the day.
- When you get sick it takes a long time to recover.
If you answered yes to more than 1 of the above its possible that you may have adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms that occur when your level of stress – be it physical, emotional, mental, or a combination – overwhelms your body’s ability to compensate for that stress.
When you encounter stress, the adrenals produce adrenaline (epinephrine), noradrenaline (norepinephrine), and cortisol. This hormonal release is often called “fight or flight” and is designed to prepare you for immediate physical challenges.
Your body is good at dealing with acute stress, not daily chronic stress. It’ll wreck your best efforts in the gym, or even worse, lead to degenerative diseases such as diabetes.
Whether your goal is a mammoth squat, bodybuilding mastery, or just outrageous health, respect your body and protect your adrenals.
Tips to reduce chronic stress:
- Keep Workouts to 45 min – 1hr if you are highly stressed. Intense training causes an acute increase in cortisol, adrenaline, and other stress hormones. When in a chronically stressed state the adrenals are constantly being depleted of raw material, which eventually leads to adrenal insufficiency or chronic fatigue.
- Eat at regular times– will allow you to maintain stable blood sugars, appetite, and energy throughout the day.
- Create a morning ritual– managing your emotions is one of the most important things you can do to manage your stress. Stress is simply a matter of perception.
- Create an evening ritual– it is important to get in the habit of going to bed at the same time every night.
- Schedule some down time– by actually scheduling some downtime on a daily basis not only will you be refreshed and recharged which will allow you to enjoy your work a whole more but you will also be way more productive.