Time out Mom!
I am part of several “mom” groups on facebook and the consistent theme I keep hearing is how exhausted everyone is. Between playgroups, toilet training, carpool, making breakfast, lunch, dinner, cleaning, nursing, keeping teenagers alive, volunteering, working…(do I really need to continue this list) we assume our exhaustion is normal. I mean, who wouldn’t feel exhausted after a day as mom – we have maxed ourselves out and our bodies are beginning to rebel. Literally rebelling. All of those long-term stressors can eventually deplete the nutrients and precursors that we need to produce cortisol and other hormones. Chronic stress will raise your cortisol levels for a while, but eventually your body is unable to continue producing cortisol in such high amounts. At this point there are declines in not only cortisol, but also key hormones and neurotransmitters like aldosterone, testosterone, epinephrine and more.
There is a technical medical term for it – it is called adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is most common in CEOs, medical students, and moms (yes, MOMS). The symptoms of adrenal fatigue can include chronic exhaustion, general body aches, low libido, salty food cravings, low blood pressure, back pain, and a weakened immune system……Read More