I first learned of adrenal fatigue after my introduction to essential oils.
Adrenal Fatigue is:
“Adrenal fatigue isn’t an accepted medical diagnosis. It is a lay term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems.
Your adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones that are essential to life. The medical term “adrenal insufficiency” refers to inadequate production of one or more of these hormones as a result of an underlying disease or surgery.
Proponents of the adrenal fatigue diagnosis claim this is a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress. The unproven theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the demands of perpetual fight-or-flight arousal. Existing blood tests, according to this theory, aren’t sensitive enough to detect such a small decline in adrenal function — but your body is.” (Source – Mayo Clinic)
Throughout my health journey, one thing I am consistently working on is body – mind awareness. At times however when you are in the “thick of it” it can be hard to recognize this within yourself what your body might be signaling.
For me this week, my body was signalling hard, and has been for more than a few weeks now. Understandable right, husband falls has a significant accident that drastically shifts our home and work life just 2-1/2 months before Christmas.
This week, in between Christmas and New Years when I was commenting to my husband about back pain I was experiencing, it hit me… pain, insomnia, digestive issues – the words Adrenal Fatigue jumped into my mind to research this again, already knowing which oils I would be reaching to for support.
Check out the emotional relation of Adrenal Fatigue from Essential Emotions to look deeper… “Am I refusing to comply with life as it is? Am I trying to control things outside of my reach?”.
This resonates with me so much. This year has been an internal what is right, what is wrong struggle. Knowing and understanding the importance of what goes in and on our bodies, homes etc is crucial to our well being, and yet being told a mask will save us? I digress… But also more important it was shifting from having 2 strong, capable individuals, parents, partners within our home (and business) to suddenly me shouldering, well pretty much everything. Was that the reality, no. Not at all. But I got so wrapped up within my mind of everything I had to do, it became quite overwhelming at times. I am intentionally grateful for our kids, they had already stepped up this year helping around the house and property, they stepped up even more after their dad’s accident. Truth be told though, it was an emotional roller coaster that affected us all and honestly triggered PTSD on a few levels.
Prior to the holidays I had great intentions of “all that we would do” around the house with our time off. Truthfully, what we have accomplished physically, has been minimal, which is completely OK! Exactly what we have been doing, resting, relaxing has been our priority and its exactly what we have needed. There is nothing and no one saying, this or that had to be done. Sure we have a few projects left that we had to put on the back burner after Jaz fell, however when the time is right, they will be completed! And… as we have learned about every single renovation to our home, sometimes when it feels like we “should” be doing more, there is a reason why we aren’t and it will eventually fall into place even better than first imagined!
So… Naturally I knew the oils I would reach for, to support my body. Zendocrine and AromaTouch – Also deep blue for the back discomfort.
Zendocrine is a blend of Cilantro, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Rosemary and Tangerine. It is the detoxification blend and emotionally is known as the oil of Vitality and Transition. The emotions it supports is self-sabotage, transitioning, limiting beliefs, apathetic, revitalized and purifying.
As much as I didn’t necessarily realize it, I was self sabotaging myself mentally by feeling like I had to do it all – especially with Christmas approaching this felt even more intensified.
Aroma Touch is a blend of Basil, Cypress, Grapefruit, Lavender, Marjoram and Peppermint. Emotionally this blend is known as the oil of Relaxation. Emotions supported by this blend are tense, stressed, rigid, inflexible, relaxed, balanced, flexible and comforted.
Referencing the book by Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life on page 139 – “PAIN of any sort, to me, is an indication of guilt. Guilt always seeks punishment, and punishment creates pain. Chronic pain comes from chronic guilt, often so deeply buried that we are not aware of it anymore.” Interesting right, anything we feel physical CAN be related to emotions that we may not even know we are feeling! Page 140, “STIFFNESS in the body represents stiffness in the mind. Fear makes us cling to old ways, and we find it difficult to be flexible.” This can be a truth for many of us for 2020 with the mass amounts of fear and guilt being projected. Page 128 speaks of “THE BACK represents our support system. Problems with the back usually mean we feel we are not being supported. Too often we think we are only supported by our job or by our family or spouses. In reality, we are totally supported by the Universe, by Life itself.” ” The middle back has to do with guilt. All that stuff that is in the back of us.”
Back Affirmation “I release the past. I am free to move forward with love in my heart.” (Louise Hay Page 152)
Emotionally Adrenal Problems emotionally are, “Defeatism. No longer caring for the self. Anxiety. Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. It is safe for me to care for myself.” (Louise Hay Page 147)
What happens when we get “busy” in life? I know for me, that is when my self care begins to get neglected. Its almost like I slightly detach from my true self, because my true self KNOWS what to do when I feel x, y, z or will know where to find possible solutions. Living in the midst of a stressful event, whatever it might be, so many things become feeling over whelming.
The horrific emotional response from simply hearing of my husbands accident honestly had me flipping from one extreme to the next – gratitude it was “only” his lower leg and ankle, to intense fear of “what if” or what it could have been. I could feel myself pulling in, I could feel me reaching my tipping point, I apologized more than once to the kids for snapping at them. This was a situation that was completely outside of our control and each day we were navigating through.