Exhausted. In pain. Having only a few hours a day that I was able to push through to get stuff done. I was tired of being tired all the time.
When I woke up I did not feel any better than I had when I went to bed.
The sleep wasn’t refreshing. I desperately wanted to get better.
I read about different ways to support your body to heal. And I wanted to try those methods. So, I created a mourning routine that helped me a lot.
[Originally published in 2017, Updated 2018]
Note in 2021: This all happened a long time ago. I would do things differently now. I know an amazing health coach who has recovered from adrenal fatigue. She has a lots of current info: Jess at Study In Fitness.
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I am not a doctor or any kind of medical professional. Consult your healthcare provider before starting any treatments.
Stress Can Destroy Your Health
Short term occasional stress is not bad but when the stress becomes chronic that’s when you start experiencing problems.
Stress can cause
- muscles to tense up which can lead to tension pains and aches
- digestive system problems
- heart palpitations
- high blood pressure
- shortness of breath
- weakened immune system
Under constant strain your adrenals can wear out and you might experience something called adrenal fatigue (Stress Syndrome). If you want to learn a bit more about adrenal fatigue read What is Adrenal Fatigue.
I went through a severe adrenal fatigue and this healthy morning routine aided me in my recovery. Though I recovered from the fatigue I still do some of these things every now and then.
My Morning Routine for More Energy
My morning routine was a part of my adrenal fatigue recovery plan.
I didn’t always do all of the following every morning but I did them as often as I could.
1. Homeopathic Medicines
I used various homeopathic remedies over the years including:
- Hormone Combination by DesBio (to treat hormonal imbalance)
- Viral EXP by Protogenx (for viral infections)
- H.Pylori by DesBio (for helicobacter pylori)
- FNG (for yeast; for mold sensitivity)
- Opti-Enviro detox by Optimal Health Systems (to help with multiple chemical sensitivity)
- Petrochem by Apex Energetics (to help with multiple chemical sensitivity)
All those symptoms
- hormonal imbalance
- viral infections
- gut issues
- mold sensitivity
- chemical sensitivity
are common problems to those who have adrenal fatigue or HPA axis dysfunction as some prefer to call it. The interesting thing is that these problems can be the cause or the result of the adrenal fatigue.
It was important to me to treat these symptoms/causes.
2. Acupressure Points
These are not the only points I did but the ones I did most frequently. I didn’t always press all of them, but I did them as often as I could. They all are beneficial in treating adrenal fatigue.
- GV 19, GV 20 GV 21 (points to improve energy among other things)
- GV 24.5 (is used for treating anxiety, insomnia etc.)
- CV 17 (is used for treating anxiety, heart palpitations, nervousness etc.)
- CV 6 (this point is called Sea of Energy and can be used with caution for water retention and hormonal imbalance)
- Lu 1 (emotional healing)
- St 36 (fatigue, palpitations, dizziness, depression)
- B 23 and B 47 (Sea of Vitality, fatigue, extreme weakness etc.)
- Lv 3 (insomnia, hormonal imbalance etc.)
Those links will take you to pins on my Acupressure Pinterest Board. These and other helpful points can also be found in this: Acupressure Book. I used that book to learn about proper acupressure techniques.
It is important to know what you are doing so you won’t cause harm. Consult your healthcare provider before doing any treatment.
3. Lymph Drainage Massage
I had lots of problems with getting rid of toxins. My lymph nodes were often sore and swollen. This head and neck lymph drainage massage by MassageByHeather was super helpful to me. I have used it also during a cold. Clears up the sinuses and ears.
Also, I tend to retain water in my abdomen. This lymphatic drainage for abdomen and trunk by MassageByHeather got the fluid moving and was a vital part of my recovery.
You can find other excellent video instructions on my Lymph Drainage Pinterest Board.
4. Salted Water (and Thyroid Supplements)
I started my day by drinking a cup of salted water. Usually 1/2 tsp in one cup of water. As my energy level improved I needed less salt. You can read more about my experience with salted water in post: salted water is a huge help in adrenal exhaustion recovery.
Some people are sensitive to salt. I kept eye on my blood pressure for few days but salt did not affect it negatively.
(I have hypothyroidism and GTA Forte II by Biotics Research is one of the supplements that I take to keep my thyroid working. I take it on empty stomach.)
5. Oil Pulling
I swished 1-2 tsp of coconut oil in my mouth while doing skin brushing and taking a shower. Oil pulling is said to remove toxins. It is also good for you gums and teeth.
6. Dry Skin Brushing
In addition to the lymph drainage massage, dry skin brushing also helps to get the lymph moving. And it is even considered to be a gentle form of exercise!
I had to start out carefully with a couple of strokes in each area otherwise I experienced increased detox symptoms. I know sometimes detox symptoms are unavoidable but at times I wanted to avoid them. Or at least did not want them to get worse.
There are many ways to do dry skin brushing. This is how I do it.
I use a natural bristle brush and aim for 10 strokes or circles in each area.
- circular moves counter clockwise on the left
- circular moves clockwise on the right side
Hands and Arms
- circular moves left palm
- long strokes on arms
- same on the right side
- circular moves in armpits
- gentle strokes (avoiding the nipple area) toward collarbone, sides and abdomen
- above and below each breast towards armpits
- circular moves clockwise
Feet and Legs
- circular moves on left sole
- long strokes on legs
- same on the right side
7. Coconut Oil as Moisturizer after Shower
Coconut oil has antibacterial and antiviral qualities. It can also reduce inflammation… and I’d like to think that I can enjoy some of those benefits by putting it on my skin. Lotions irritated my skin but I found coconut oil to be a good alternative.
If I had time I gave myself a little massage while applying the coconut oil.
I feel better when I eat some protein in the mornings. When I was recovering I had to eat within an hour from waking up otherwise I got all shaky and lightheaded. Skipping breakfast stresses out burnout adrenals.
It was important to me to keep my sugar levels steady and it really helped to eat frequently. As my health improved I was able to go longer between meals.
(These are some of the things I ate in the morning)
- Protein (I couldn’t stomach eggs in the mornings so ate beef, chicken or turkey, occasionally salmon.)
- Slice of Bread with Butter (Thankfully, I did not have issues with gluten… I like bread! Love the recipes in this book)
- Glass of Milk of Kefir
- Kombucha Gummies
- Coconut Truffles
- Nuts (in small amounts)
- Herbal or Green Tea
9. Morning Supplements
That was my daily routine for healing adrenals for a couple of years. It was time consuming but so worth it. I still do dry skin brushing and oil pulling almost every day. Occasionally, I do the lymph massage and press some acupressure points.