My Morning Routine for Burnout Recovery

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 more energetic than the night before.

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. This article is not intended as advice. It is a part of my recovery story. See the full disclosure and liability disclaimer.

Consult your healthcare provider before starting any treatments.

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 possible.

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 typical problems to those with 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 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.

  • GV 19, GV 20 GV 21 (points to improve energy, among other things)
  •  GV 24.5 (is used for anxiety, insomnia, etc.)
  • CV 17 (is used for 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.)

I learned about proper acupressure techniques, for it is essential to know what you are doing so you won’t cause harm.

3. Lymph 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 belly. This lymphatic drainage for the abdomen and trunk by MassageByHeather got the fluid moving.

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 the post.

Some people are sensitive to salt. I kept an eye on my blood pressure for a few days, but the salt did not affect it negatively.

(I have hypothyroidism, and GTA Forte II by Biotics Research is one of the supplements I take to keep my thyroid working.)

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 your gums and teeth.

6. Dry Skin Brushing

Dry skin brushing helped to get the lymph moving. I also read that 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.

7. Breakfast

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 eating frequently helped me. As my health improved, I was able to go longer between meals.

8. Morning Supplements

You can read more about the supplements I took in the Essentials Supplements article.

I also used other supplements for hypothyroidism, immune system support, liver detox, heart support, etc.

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