Saw my naturopath last week re a battery of blood tests I had done, & there were 2 issues: I am extremely low in estrogen & DHEA (adrenal hormone).
She says it's because of stress, & I have to take action immediately or my adrenals will shut down & wreck my thyroid gland.
I'm popping all kinds of vitamins & minerals & herbs & homeopathics for this already (I had indications of this problem months ago), but the main issue is lifestyle.
Is anyone else trying to beat stress while living a v. hectic life?
What are you doing?
I work around 45 hours a week & try to sleep 9 hrs. a night. This leaves me 7 hrs a day for everything else, & I just feel overwhelmed.
I have been told to improve my adrenal health/avoid another nervous breakdown & thyroid disease, I must:
do relaxation exercises (stretching, deep breathing, yoga),
do something creative like art or writing,
& do social & fun things.
Meanwhile, my apartment is turning into a total slum because I just don't have the energy or ability to take proper care of it.
I can't justify relaxation activities when my apt. looks like hell, & the apt. stresses me out incredibly w/ fears of eviction on top of the nastiness of living in a self-created dump.
I will make any excuse under the sun to avoid exercise/meditation/relaxation activities/cleaning.
Poor adrenal function causes tiredness that sleep won't relieve, so there's a real catch-22 at work here.
I don't know what to do. I'm scared if I keep pushing myself the way I do with my v. competitive, performance-based job, bf who lives 2 hrs away who I visit every week, care for my 7 pets, & juggling my appalling finances, without somehow being able to do all this stress-reducing stuff I find wimpy & frustrtating, I'm going to end up back in the mental hospital.
How can a person w/ a busy, performance-based life manage to incorporate stress-reduction in a way they can follow consistently?
Thanks to anyone who can help with this.
When I ask professionals for help they say "just do it", but I always end up *thinking* of "just doing it".