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Take on the challenge! I’ll have plenty of time to sleep when I’m dead! Drink more coffee!
For as long as I can remember I have been constantly busy and on the go and have always had a difficult time simply relaxing. But life has a way of catching up with us and a year ago I finally crashed hard.
I knew I wasn’t feeling great, but assumed most of my fatigue was normal. At the time we had 3 kids under 5. Since my husband works multiple 24 hour shifts per week as a firefighter I often parent alone and was, frankly, scared because I increasingly had difficulty functioning. At the time my solution to the severe fatigue I was experiencing was to simply drink more coffee. I was consuming at least a pot of coffee per day in an effort to survive. Most of my exhaustion I excused as normal mom fatigue. All of my mom friends were tired so this was just normal life, right? Wrong.
Things finally came to a head last spring and my husband insisted I see a doctor. Shortly after I became a patient at Progressive medical I was diagnosed with several issues that were contributing to my overall poor health – among them, adrenal fatigue. The doctor assured me “I’ve seen worse” but also said it was the reason I was barely able to make it through the day. Years of being there for everyone but myself finally caught up with me.
Honestly, I was not surprised when I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. The doctor insisted I sleep more and take an adrenal supplement. As much as I wanted to feel irritated that he dare suggest I could make more time for rest, it was a relief that someone was finally acknowledging I wasn’t just tired. I was exhausted in every sense of the word and my body was telling on me.
I agreed to try the adrenal supplement the doctor recommended. I was hopeful but had no idea just how much it would change my life. I don’t remember how long it was before I felt better. I only know that one day I realized that I was no longer crashing so hard every afternoon…that I no longer had to have ridiculous amounts of caffeine to stay awake. and that I had energy to enjoy my kids. Taking Natural Sources All Adrenal has been a complete game changer for me. I take one capsule in the morning with breakfast and another around 3 p.m.
While I’m still very tired by the time evening arrives, I am no longer in barely-surviving mode. Instead of the highs and lows of consuming caffeine and sugar, this supplement has provided sustained energy. I no longer feel like I need a mid-day nap and actually consume very little caffeine (which is slightly miraculous). Something about not feeling half dead by the afternoon is simply remarkable. Who knew you could enjoy playing with your kids after school?
And yes. As much as I found the doctor’s suggestion to “sleep more” annoying, I discovered I could, in fact, do a much better job of prioritizing my sleep. I sleep more than I have in a long time. I set an alarm on my phone that reminds me it’s almost time for bed. It is still a constant struggle because I enjoy the quiet after the kids are in bed. Before my system crashed I had this idea that I was productive after they went to bed, but I finally realized the only productivity taking place involved Netflix and social media. Since I kinda enjoy not feeling like an ogre, I now try to go to bed around 9:30/10. Sleeping 7-8 hours doesn’t always work since I can’t control some variables (like children waking in the night). But I am doing everything I can to practice better self-care. It isn’t always easy. But I know it is worth investing in my health now so that I can (hopefully) be a better version of myself.
If you’re in survival mode with a bunch of sweet littles, I know it is so, so hard to even think of doing one more thing, but if you do nothing else look for little ways you can allow your body and spirit to rest. Taking the adrenal supplement and choosing to rest (as much as possible) has worked for me. Look for even one small way you can care for your body today. Often I see so many amazing, wonderful women burning out because we prioritize everyone’s needs except our own. Our bodies truly are amazing but they are also meant to be valued and not neglected. It has taken a long time for me to learn how to be gentle with my body. Something I am trying to remember is that I can’t give out of our own emptiness. Taking the time to nourish my body with healthy supplements and rest has made a huge impact on my personal happiness and ability to mother my children well.