3 years ago, I was so burnt out that if the dog barked unexpectedly, I would burst into tears. I would stand in front of the fridge for minutes at time, unable to even decide what to cook for dinner.
I would rush around getting jobs done, then collapse on the bed and stare blankly at a wall for an hour, unable to remember what I was in the middle of.
You see, I’d been burning through my adrenals for years, knowing it wasn’t sustainable, but not making any changes to my routine to fix it.
My flight and flight indicators were broken.
I suffered hair loss, weight gain, was moody and grumpy, and if you asked me to forgo my sugar hit every afternoon I would growl at you before handing it over.
I would get dizzy and nauseas if I worked too hard for even an hour.
Then one day, it just broke. I had a complete breakdown. I couldn’t work for 3 months. I slept up to 18 hours a day. I wasn’t much good to anyone. I suffered from an adrenal breakdown.
I would estimate that around 80% of all the women I work with or know suffer from some form of adrenal fatigue. It’s a sign of the times, where we try and be mothers and family members, and community members, and business owners. We try and be everything to everyone, whilst losing ourselves in there somewhere.
Managing our adrenals to ensure we don’t burn out requires a solid plan and regular attention.
How do we ensure we get enough sleep every night, or enough down time? How do we manage our feelings of anxiety or fear that pop up in the middle of the night when everyone else is fast asleep?
How do we make sure we don’t snap at our kids for asking us what’s for breakfast, because in our head we are busy trying to work out how to pay a bill today when there’s not enough cash in the bank account?
How do we do all of this BEFORE we have a breakdown?
I like to talk about some simple tools that can help you to manage self care.
Like practising joy, every day.
Find some simple pleasures that feel wonderful and joyous to you, and incorporate 10 minutes every day into your schedule.
Practise breathing more deeply and using your breath in and out to calm your mind and anxiety.
Go for nice big walks every day and use the feet pounding the pavement to reset your mind and plan out your day.
And find one album of meditation music that you like, and practise listening to it in your “happy place”, so that soon your brain associates that music track with happy feelings. Then when you are feeling anxious, play your music to soothe and calm your mind.
And of course, and probably most importantly, restructure your business so that you aren’t stuck in the middle of it, and are using software and automation to run parts of it so you can work LESS.
I can teach you how to do this. You don’t have to do it alone. If you’d like a 20 minute power strategy call with me, click here to book one.
Lisa Kylie x