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My experience of stress

By Jennifer
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

My experience of stress

My experience of stressQuite a number of years ago I was stressed and exhausted but I didn't recognise it, I thought that it was just life and it was how every busy mother felt.

My husband was chronically unwell, one son was receiving paediatrician's care for chronic constipation and our eldest child, who had verbal dyspraxia and dyslexia, was needing lots of extra support. In addition I was pregnant and we were building a house. This was our life and I just got onwith it.When our baby was a year old we moved into the new house and this was when my body finally said enough. It took all my energy to get of bed on a morning, I would repeatedly press snooze on the alarm clock. On returning home from taking my older children to school and I would sit down with a cup of tea or coffee willing myself to find the energy to get on with all the work I needed to do. One memorable Boxing Day morning I got out of bed, to go to one of our children, and went light-headed. I fell backwards banging my head on a wooden floor and spent the rest of the day on the sofa with mild concussion. Then my husband came across an article about adrenal fatigue, it explained the symptoms that may be experienced:

  • Fatigue, feeling tired for no reason
  • Tired on getting up in the morning, even after a full night's sleep.
  • Difficulty getting going in the morning
  • Craving salty or sweet foods
  • Having a second wind late at night.
  • Dizziness or light-headedness on standing
  • Irritability
  • PMS
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Low libido

I completely dismissed it saying that all of the symptoms were normal and any mother in the school playground would feel like that because that is life. My husband gave me the article and told me to read it.

I realised that how I felt was not normal and that I could feel better. I was so busy keeping everything going that I didn't have time to stop and think about me - I was overwhelmed. I read more about adrenal dysfunction and how it affects other hormones and causes imbalances in the body systems and it all made sense. I realised that it wasn't how I was meant to be feeling. Most importantly I read about how I could start to feel better; how specific nutrients and supplements could support my body and particularly my adrenal glands. With help I slowly recovered and realised that although not everyone in the playground was feeling the same as me I could not be the only one feeling the way I did.

This was one of the reasons that I changed careers and went on to qualify as a Nutritional Therapist.  I understand what it feels like to be stressed and exhausted and also to feel so overwhelmed that it is difficult to know how to move forward. I also know how good if feels to now be able to start the day refreshed and be able to respond to the demands of the day. I am now more in tune with my body and I am able to recognise when I am starting to feel stressed again and need to take a little more care.

If any of what you have read sounds familiar then seek help from your local BANT registered Nutritional Therapist and ask for an assessment or contact me to arrange an assessment and take the first step to regaining control of your health.

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