Winter Rest... Part II.
(Apologies for taking so long to get part II of my adrenal reset post out.... I've been taking my own advice and have been in Hawaii on a much needed business / vacation / relaxation time! 😉) #ThanksYL
Since you've slept a few moons since I posted Part I, here's the link to refer back to if needed:
I wrapped up talking about living a fear based lifestyle and how hard that is on the kidneys and adrenals. Fear can creep in to our life in insidious ways..... ways that we typically don't even recognize as a fear. What may that look like in any of our lives?.... and how can we learn to eliminate it?
🔥Trauma: In my own educational and healing journey, I've learned a great deal about the damaging effects of trauma based emotions. #yowza! It's a fascinating topic and frankly, if more people actually understood it, it would change the trajectory of both their life and their health. Trauma goes beyond the brain teaches our body (at a cellular level) that it must constantly be on guard and vigilant. This keeps us in a constant state of low grade "fight or flight" which I promise will not end well if not addressed. We MUST learn to slowly unwind, release your fear, find balance, and begin to heal.
👉 (If you'd like detailed help, please book a private session)
🔥Expectations: Do you feel like the earth may cease to spin on its axis if you don't meet your own personal expectations or other's expectations of you?
I exaggerated that slightly 😉, but truly.... a lot of stress comes from believing that everyone depends on you. It's lovely to feel needed.... but often, these are personal beliefs we heap onto our own shoulders, and not reality. At least for these winter months..... give it a trial run and step back a little from your own expectations and see if the world doesn't keep on spinning😘. #sayingthisinlovefriends
🔥With expectations comes Responsibility.... Lord have mercy, who doesn't have this?.... fianancial burdens, high stress work environments (don't get me started on that! Pharmacists were #3 in the suicide category for many years😳), family stressors.... the "sandwich generation" who takes care of both their kids AND their parents are particularly vulnerable.
Honestly, there's not always a great way to get out from under true responsibilities, but hopefully the tips below 👇will help decrease the stress / fear load on your adrenals.
Winter Rest is important..... vital really... to health. That said, the following tips can and should be used year round to maintain optimal health:
🌸 Sleep! If your body is calling for it..... do it! During the winter, make an effort to get an extra hour of sleep each night. (If sleep evades you, again.... feel free to private message me for some non drug tips and tricks). Our body does its greatest healing during deep sleep.
🌸Unplug. Next to sleep, I think this is perhaps the most important and simplest way to rest. If you were born before 1990 (just typing this makes me feel kinda old😂), you'll remember that there WAS life without cell phones and internet and we actually survived quite well. In fact.... we were a far healthier bunch of people than we are now as we are literally triggered each time our device dings or vibrates!
🌸 Stay in and don't allow yourself to get caught up in the rat race. Read a book, nap, or allow yourself time outside in nature to get grounded and recharged. Grounding is vital to our balance and well being.
🌸Say No. For some of us, this is a word that is underused to our own detriment. Once I learned to do this.... saying no gracefully, I realized how freeing it was. Life is too short to say yes to everything everyone asks of you. It is a learned skill..... but one you'll find of great value! #metoo
🌸Take a spa day or at least a "spa hour".... even if it's at home. Epsom salt baths with some calming therapeutic grade oils (like they do at the fancy places!) can be easily done at home at a fraction of the price. It will go a long way towards resetting your adrenals and cortisol levels. This isn't selfish time... it's called self care. You can't care for others well if you yourself are not well😘.
🌸Yoga, gentle stretching, and acupuncture or acupressure are all excellent aids for adrenal resets.
🌸Foods that help with adrenal resets: walnuts, cashews, clove, ginger, fish, shellfish, eggs (organic free range is best!), cranberries, blueberries, apples, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, and asparagus
🌸Adaptogenic herbs (plants that support the body's ability to accomodate varying physical and emotional stresses):
🌿Ashwagandha- this is an incredible herb for a variety of reasons, but for the topic at hand... it is very helpful in supporting healthy cortisol levels. Do a little Google search to learn more about this oddly named herb. My two favorite supplements that contain Ashwagandha are called Endogize (typically for women) and Powergize (typically for men).
Not herbal, but Vitamin D3☀️ (levels can drop significantly in the winter... get bloodwork to confirm. If you do not have insurance or a doctor, I can help you get inexpensive labwork done).
Omega 3 Fish oil🐟 ... but be warned.... much of what is available for sale is actually rancid and will only make the situation worse.... so best advice I would give you is to really know your supplement company well.😉
I hope this helps. I believe strongly that God gives us our experiences in life, good and bad, so that we can learn from them in order that we may use our life as a testimony and a map to help others. #payitforward
Looking back, I can see several points in my life where, by pushing myself beyond what the body is able to handle on a chronic stress daily basis , I could have very easily ended up a hot mess healthwise. I hear this phrase all the time.... "I'm not sure what happened. I was fine, and then all of a sudden I had all these health problems". See, here's the deal. The body is masterful at "running from the lion ".... but we can't run forever. And when "the lion" finally catches you....it doesn't just take a nibble.
Hugs and love, Liz
(I'm gonna go have a day on the beach now and continue my reset!☀️)
Hey there....thanks for stopping by! This is me (Liz James)... an eclectic mixture of holistic (and organic) farmgirl meets pharmacist. It's a synergy that works well as I speak truths and dissect fact from fiction. If you're looking for healthier living options, you've come to the right place!