Adrenal fatigue treatment

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

The key to adrenal fatigue treatment is to understand that there are two parts of your nervous system that deal with the ups and downs of daily life.

I hope that you'll take a particular interest in this page if you're suffering from anxiety or are worried that you're going to have a nervous breakdown.  

However, this page will also be useful for you if you're just interested in keeping yourself well, whether or not you're suffering from Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms.

As I've explained before - I really don't like labels and I haven't heard much about adrenal fatigue syndrome in the UK. It certainly isn't a recognised term in the medical establishment (see Wikipedia). However, it helps to draw your attention to the fact that there's so much you can do to keep yourself well. There are also so many things that make huge unnecessary demands on your body and mind.

You really don't need to be diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome to learn something beneficial from the information on this page. In fact, no doctor in the UK would use that diagnosis (see Mayo Clinic - link further down).

If you don't have the time or the inclination to read too much right now, I just want to alert you to one of the most accessible treatments for adrenal fatigue: self hypnosis. Hop over to my page with Hypnosis Online FAQs to get the low-down on this great resource.

Want to know more about hypnosis? Have a look at: Hypnotherapy - Does it Work?

A very brief explanation

Your autonomic nervous system is divided in two parts - neither of which you have direct control over. However, the adrenal fatigue treatments on this page will influence your nervous system.

One part consists of nerves that take control when all is calm (parasympathetic nervous system).

The other part consists of nerves that take over when there's a demand for action (sympathetic nervous system).

There is a constant interplay between the two parts, depending on whether you're required to act or relax.

To treat adrenal fatigue, you'll want to be able to influence the part of your nervous system that can help to calm things down. You'll also need to get grips with why you're firing yourself up so much and wearing yourself out.

A burnout happens partly due to an overload of circumstances, but it's mostly caused by how you - your body and mind - respond to what life throws at you.

The sooner you adjust or gain control of your thoughts and feelings, the sooner you get better.

Dealing with adrenal fatigue

You alone will know what's right for you at any one time. However, be prepared to try something new when you're looking for adrenal fatigue treatment. When the time is right, I'd also really like you to challenge yourself - starting gently if needed.

You may have to ditch old prejudices and keep an open mind about what may or may not work for you at different stages of your recovery.

For example - if you're a perfectionist, learning a new skill may be too challenging early on. If you're particularly self-conscious, walking into a new class may cause too much anxiety. If you're too tired, clearly dancing or any other exercise may need to be limited or have to wait.

Whichever adrenal fatigue treatment you choose, what you do and when you do it needs careful consideration. I so don't want you to end up feeling worse!

Most of all though - all these strategies will help you to learn to worry less, take things a bit easier and become just that little more 'laid back'.

You can plan your life so that stress does not overwhelm you. Effective planning involves setting priorities and working on simple problems first, solving them, and then going on to more complex difficulties.*

Stop the stimulants

I'm really sorry to have to do this to you, but you're going to have to take a look at these chilling pictures of damaged brains. You'll have much less of a problem coming off all of the following...

... Cigarettes - it is easier when you keep in mind what is in those cigs:

  • Benzene: petrol additive
  • Formaldehyde: embalming fluid
  • Ammonia: toilet cleaner (each time you want to light up, think: "toilet cleaner!")
  • Acetone: nail varnish remover
  • Nicotine: insecticide/addictive drug
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO): car exhaust fumes
  • Arsenic: rat poison
  • Hydrogen Cyanide: gas chamber poison

... Sugar - pure poison!

... Coffee - a small cup once a day is fine

... Tea

... Chocolate - though you can have a bit of chocolate with over 70% of cacao

... Diet drinks - they contain sweeteners

... Anything with aspartame (a sweetener)

I know it's disappointing and you won't really want to do it, but I'm afraid there's no choice now if you want to get better. There are, however, relatively 'painless' ways to come off the stuff.

Adrenal fatigue treatment and self-help

- 18 ways to start treating adrenal fatigue

Here are the best ideas for adrenal fatigue treatment. With time you will feel fantastic again.

I know... you want to be better right now...  have the magic pill etc... So, you may not actually be ready for this page just yet. But be sure to bookmark it, because I'm fairly sure you'll want to return.

However, right now you're exhausted and it's going to take a little time to get you back on track again. So, be patient and kind to yourself. 

I have put together a whole list of things you can do for yourself.

For starters: choose one you can do right now. Then choose one you can commit to doing in the next couple of days and one you are going to seriously consider.

  1. Meditation - see the Silva Life System, which I use myself too
  2. Yoga
  3. Tai Chi
  4. Dietary changes
  5. Writing - Keep a Journal about your road to recovery
  6. Dance
  7. Music (play or listen) - choose music with a slow beat - roughly 80 beats per minute (close to your heart rate). I have to admit I've forgotten in which book I read this - I think it had something to do with the ideal music for learning. In any case - it makes absolute sense.
  8. Gardening
  9. Creative activity - painting, drawing, sewing, crafts, writing poems, stories etc.
  10. Aerobic exercise - though don't over-exert yourself (see my page on Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome)
  11. Watch comedy TV and funny films - plan a day a week, a whole weekend, an evening, several evenings, an hour here and there for laughter
  12. Regular daily walks of about 30 minutes
  13. Natural light - and plenty of it
  14. New activities - there's nothing quite like it for a rush of dopamine
  15. Create a happy memory photo/scrap book and look at it regularly
  16. Abandon all screen watching and make a list of things you're going to do instead (if you can't think of anything at all, then that's something to start addressing as soon as possible - see my page: Bored With Life)
  17. Schedule time for relaxation and practice it if you're the type that can't sit still
  18. Learn how to worry less - worry is a misuse of your imagination!

All of these adrenal fatigue treatments are great - as long as you're not a perfectionist.  If you are, then this is the first problem you need to tackle - with or without help:

  • Learn to say "no" - feeling 'put upon' is particularly stressful
  • Stop 'having to' - you have choices and now you're feeling so unwell it's even more important to understand that if you carry on doing the same, the outcome is going to be the same
  • Ditch perfectionism - give up on wanting everything to be 'just so'. It might cause you some anxiety in the short-term, but believe me - it's going to save you heaps of stress in the long run

11 specific adrenal fatigue treatments

  1. Hypnotherapy - just start with a simple Hypnosis Download to help you relax right now. Not sure about hypnosis? Let me explain.
  2. Reflexology
  3. Aromatherapy
  4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  5. Human Givens Therapy
  6. Solution focused therapy
  7. Personal performance coaching
  8. Music therapy
  9. Acupuncture
  10. The right Natural Remedies for depression and stress
  11. Eliminate anxiety and panic with This Excellent Method developed by a health researcher and former sufferer

If you're suffering from adrenal fatigue syndrome, any therapy that requires too much navel-gazing really doesn't cut it - in my view. Being confronted with painful, dysfunctional, traumatic or otherwise emotionally arousing 'stuff' is stressful.  

Adrenal fatigue treatment will be most successful with a holistic approach.

If you are suffering from mental or physical health problems, please do not attempt to self-diagnose based on the information on these pages.  Please consult your health-care provider/physician to discuss the information I have provided.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

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Other Helpful Links

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References

*Adapted from Miller Ph.D., LH; Dell Smith Ph.D, A. The Stress Solution. Pocket Books (Mm); Reprint edition 1994, via APA Help Center.

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