Adrenal stress is one of the most common, yet most overlooked, syndromes affecting working mothers.
Adrenal stress (popularly known as “adrenal fatigue”) has become the commonly recognized name for a collection of symptoms resulting from exposure to prolonged stress or illness. It’s a syndrome, not a disease, so it’s often overlooked by traditional medicine. Countless overwhelmed, exhausted mamas are medicated for symptoms like digestive upset, insomnia, low libido, and depressed mood. They are told that their rock-bottom exhaustion is “normal” simply because they are mothers.
It’s not normal to be dog-tired all the time, and you don’t have to feel this way.
The biggest myth of adrenal stress is that the adrenal glands are actually fatigued, like tired little batteries that don’t produce enough hormones anymore (as in Addison’s disease). This confusion is perpetuated by the popular name “adrenal fatigue,” but the condition would more accurately be called adrenal stress, or HPA axis stress. What’s actually happening is that the delicate hormonal stress-response system, which the adrenals operate in, has been overworked and thrown out of rhythm.
Prolonged stress puts a huge physical demand on the body’s stress response system, causing a variety of symptoms all over the body. The body may have a compromised immune response, digestive system, regulation of metabolism, sleep rhythm, and mood balancing, just to name a few.
Mamas with adrenal stress are often constantly exhausted–experiencing the kind of fatigue that doesn’t go away with a few nights of good sleep, and experience any combination of other symptoms including:
Blood sugar issues (ex. hypoglycemia)
Difficulty bouncing back from stressful events
Daytime fatigue, but more energized after 6 pm
Repeated illness or infections
Sugar and salt cravings
Low thyroid function
High or low blood pressure
Increased belly fat
Insomnia or sleep disruption
Loss of muscle mass
Symptoms are the body’s way of communicating a problem. But we’re often so focused on muscling through the day that we’re likely not listening. We ignore the warnings, push through with another cup of coffee, suppressing fears about the long-term effects of this lifestyle. You know deep down that this isn’t sustainable, and it may have already led to losses in your vitality, your marriage, and your career, and your ability to enjoy your children–not to mention the soul-feeding passions you once were able to prioritize.
Why are working mamas so susceptible to adrenal stress?
Frenetic is our new normal. The price of maintaining the daily pace of our career, family, and relationships is steep. Our days are filled with constant, low-level stressors that come in the form of text messages, emails, deadlines, distractions, and an overwhelm of information and choices. Stress is a ubiquitous part of everyday life–impossible to avoid and ever-increasing.
We mamas manage everyone else’s needs and schedules and are rarely able to prioritize our own health and well-being over the family’s. Symptoms of hormonal upheaval present themselves as our bodies try to tell us our hormones are drastically out of sync, but when is there time to do the deep work of renewal and self-healing?
It’s time to disrupt the cycle and reclaim our health and vitality.
It’s hard to imagine that we deserve better for ourselves and our bodies, but we do! The fatigue, exhaustion, and other symptoms of adrenal stress do not have to be a normal part of motherhood.
This is why I created Vital Mamas.
We mamas deserve to do more than just make it through the day. We deserve to reclaim our health and enjoy the energy and vitality that allow us to pursue our passions.
Medicating symptoms is simple. But you’re not here for simple. You understand that it’s time to embrace the work of whole-body wellness because continuing with the old plan hasn’t delivered the robust health and resilience you deserve. Where to start?
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I’m a mama and a doctor of natural medicine. I’m passionate about health and whole-body wellness as they define my career and my personal lifestyle. I know from experience how valuable it is to regain energy, vitality, and mojo for a higher quality of life. Getting my energy back gave me the ability to show up in the best way possible for myself, my family, and my clients. My personal journey challenged me to harness the specific tools, mindset, and support required to balance a dynamic life. And now I want to share those with you.
Our mission is to help working moms like you regain your health and vitality so you have energy to pursue your passions.