As your holidays approach, do you tend to feel tired and run-down? Once we stop after a period of
high stress, our body risks crashing and we can get sick. Just what we don’t what when it’s holiday
time! To stop ourselves suffering from adrenal fatigue, we need to prepare our bodies properly.
What are our Adrenal Glands?
The adrenal glands are located at the top of each kidney and are responsible for producing sex
hormones and cortisol, the stress hormone. During prolonged periods of stress without adequate
recuperation, they are either producing too much or not enough of these hormones. Low energy,
fatigue, waking up feeling tired, body aches, weight fluctuations, low blood pressure and feeling
lightheaded are a few signs that you may be getting run-down.
To avoid these symptoms and prevent our adrenal glands from crashing when you do finally stop,
here are some tips to prepare you:
1. Exercise regularly
HIIT type can elevate your cortisol levels, causing stress and inflammation throughout our bodies
putting stress on the adrenal glands. Moderate intensity exercise is key with shorter or fewer
sessions leading up to holidays. Restorative exercises like yoga or nature walks are excellent as they
help to lower cortisol levels and nurture the adrenals.
2. Get picky with social arrangements
If you need to recharge, don’t be afraid to say no to after work drinks or a big night with friends.
Take care of yourself and listen to your body. It is ok to have ‘me-time’! You’ll have zero regrets
when you are able to enjoy your break without collapsing in a heap from exhaustion.
3. Reduce Caffeine
Cut back on the caffeine. Try to stick to one coffee a day and before lunch is ideal. Caffeine sends a
message to the brain, telling the adrenals to pump out adrenaline and cortisol. This sends us into
fight or flight mode. If we drink too much coffee throughout the day, our whole nervous system
never gets a break which puts stress on our adrenal glands.
If you’re heading off on a big trip, get plenty of rest. This will give your adrenal glands a chance to
recuperate and repair, meaning you’re less likely to get sick.
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