Okay friend, does this sound too familiar?
- You wake up and are unable to function without a significant amount of caffeine.
- You finally feel a boost of energy during the early part of the day.
- Then your energy levels crash around 2 p.m., rise around 6 p.m., and fall again around 9 p.m.
Can stress cause extreme fatigue? Yes, it absolutely can. Energy levels can be affected by stress and chronic stress can affect your body’s ability to recuperate from physical, mental or emotional stress. I don't know about you but when I think about everything that is happening in the world, it stresses me out! So, what is that stress doing to our body? It can have a lot of side effects but let's talk specifically about how stress can affect the adrenal glands.
Adrenal fatigue is a condition in which the body and adrenal glands can’t keep up with the tremendous amount of daily stress many people experience. Adrenal fatigue can mimic some precursors to other common illnesses and diseases, so it is often difficult to diagnose.
Many wellness doctors believe that an episode of acute stress or prolonged (especially for over a year), ongoing stress can cause adrenal glands to become overloaded and ineffective, then improperly release cortisol.
- Take steps to reduce stress on your body and your mind
- Eliminate toxins
- Replenishing your body with healthy foods, supplements
Speaking of supplements, did you know Young Living has a supplement called Cortistop, designed to address the way women’s bodies react to the cortisol produced when under stress?? Check it out here!
Be on the lookout for next week's blog.
It's part 4 in this series. I'll be talking all about SLEEP!
Wishing you health and blessings,
- Brandi B.