How do you know if you have adrenal fatigue?
Burnout, also known as adrenal fatigue, is the inability to cope with modern life and is caused by multiple stressors. The adrenal glands are endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. There are two adrenal glands both about the size of a walnut. They are chiefly responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of numerous hormones. Healthy adrenal glands secrete a number of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These allow our bodies to deal with physical and emotional stress. When we experience physical or mental stress the adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol into the blood stream to prepare us for the stress response. The heart beats faster, pupils dilate and sugar is sent to the muscles in order to have physical energy to deal with the stress. If the adrenal glands are constantly pumping out these stress hormones and don’t have time to recover then they can become fatigued and stop producing these hormones. This can eventually lead to adrenal exhaustion.
If you have burnout, you'll definitely know it – symptoms like exhaustion, you sleep loads but never feel energised, lose your motivation, have brain fog, can't concentrate – the list goes on. However, in order to improve your condition and help beat burnout and increase energy and vitality instead, it's important to recognise the signs to then be able to seek help.
What You'll Need
- Seek the help of a medical professional to get advice regarding your specific symptoms and journey.
What You'll Do
- Why it's important to recognise the signs of burnout and adrenal fatigue:
- It can stop you from doing ANYTHING: The exhaustion is so extreme you can’t do simple tasks like taking a shower.
- EVERYTHING becomes very challenging: Meeting a friend, leaving the house even, can feel like an overwhelming task that simply cannot be done.
- It’s also important because more and more people are suffering from this condition and in silence because not much is known about it: The medical profession don’t know about it and therefore tend to ignore it. In fact 1 in 4 people suffer from significant stress related fatigue and burnout at some point in their lives.