Has your mommy fatigue become chronic?
You have little ones so it is normal to be tired. All the time. Or is it? Is your fatigue caused by lack of sleep or could it be something more serious?
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Many Demands Cause Mommy Fatigue
As a mom you are expected to do so much. You need to look amazing, your kids have to be picture perfect all the time. You should maintain a meticulous home. Provide you family with home cooked meals, everything made from scratch preferably from your own garden.
Of course you have time for all this because you are home ALL day ;). I’ll scream next time I hear that!!
Stay at home moms are not the only ones under the pressure. That is just the only world I have experienced.
If you do work outside the home or from home you are still expected to spend both quality and quantity time with your kids. And don’t forget to have a formal educational plan for your kids from birth otherwise they will fall off the wagon.
Besides all those demands, you as a mom are in a constant heightened awareness mode. You are constantly scanning the environment to protect your kids from danger. Your senses are working nonstop. Even when you sleep you listen to your baby’s sounds or wait for your little one to get up and call for you.
You worry about your child’s health, school, friendships etc.
You are needed 24/7.
On top of all this you are probably not getting enough sleep nor the necessary alone time to recharge.
All this keeps you in a chronic stress mode which can mess up your hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This HPA axis dysfunction is also called adrenal fatigue – a stress syndrome.
Do you Have a Stress Syndrome
Is your fatigue mommy fatigue or is it adrenal fatigue? I’m not saying that all the moms have adrenal fatigue but it is more common among women than men. Let’s explore the adrenal fatigue little bit and then I can give you some tips for avoiding it. And healing it.
Do you have brain fog? Sudden fatigue? Extreme fatigue? Are you about to explode all the time?
Some of the common adrenal fatigue symptoms include also
- Inability to Handle Stress
- Nervous Stomach
- Upper Back Pain
- Salt Cravings
- Heart Palpitations
- Multiple Allergies
- Frequent Colds
- Severe PMS
- Unexplained and Frequent Headaches
When the HPA axis gets overworked meaning you are under a chornic stress you will experience various symptoms.
Under stress the hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland to produce adrenocorticotropic (ACTH) which in turn tells the adrenals to make cortisol and adrenalin to help you to cope with the stress. If your stress becomes chronic then overtime this process can dysfunction. Your adrenals wear out and you can’t handle stress any more.
Adrenals affect many functions in your body including sugar balance and blood pressure. They have also a role in producing estrogen and progesterone. You really don’t want these tiny organs sitting on top of the kidneys to malfunction.
I suffered from a severe fatigue and ended bedridden. It was not fun. For a long time I thought I had normal mommy fatigue.
I have the burden of having weak endocrine system but trying to be a supermom did not help. I completely exhausted myself and paid for it dearly. It took me years to get my life back.
If you are interested in reading more about my story you can find it in My Adrenal Fatigue Story.
Prevent Adrenal Fatigue
What can you possibly do to prevent adrenal fatigue. For one lower your expectations. You don’t need to be a supermom. Being a mom is enough work.
Secondly, take care of yourself. Try to reduce stress whether it is by getting more sleep, eating better, taking time for yourself. Adrenal fatigue is caused by stress and while we can’t completely avoid stress it is good to to take some steps to reduce it.
Practice some very effective breathing techniques to calm down your body and mind.
Create simple routines to get stuff done. Delegate chores to others. Ask and accept help.
Prepare meals in advance for the days when you are too busy to cook.
Thirdly, provide enough nutrients for you adrenals to stay healthy. The most important vitamin for adrenals is vitamin C. The more stress you have the greater your need for vitamin C.
Premier Vitamin C from plant source is gentle on your stomach and very effective. Make sure you also get enough vitamin E. I like this non gmo brand. It is not the synthetic form of E but the natural kind.
If you’d like to know what other vitamins and minerals are necessary for adrenal health check out the Essential Vitamins and Minerals for Adrenal Fatigue.
Treat Adrenal Fatigue
If you are beginning to think that you might have adrenal fatigue, it is time to take some action. Don’t let it get worse before you take it seriously. Read about it, find an integrative doctor who knows about adrenal fatigue and make a plan for recovery.
A couple of articles for you to read:
Journey To Feeling Better: Worksheets for creating a health plan.
Less Stress Challenge
Let’s work on the mommy fatigue and take steps to prevent it from becoming adrenal fatigue.
I’m working on creating a Less Stress Challenge. It will start in March. I figured that since reducing stress is so vital that it might be helpful to have this kind of challenge.
The purpose of this challenge is to tackle some common stressors over the course of several weeks. Since I don’t want this challenge to cause more stress I thought it would be a good idea to give a couple of weeks per challenge. The first ten week Less Stress Challenge will include five stressors.
If you are interested in joining this challenge, sign up today. You’d only join the challenge not the newsletter. You can always sign up for it separately.
Take care of yourself and enjoy being a mom!
Start making plans for your wellbeing with these handy worksheets: