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Easily Stressed And Exhausted? 8 Ways To Get Rid Of Adrenal Fatigue

Easily Stressed And Exhausted? 8 Ways To Get Rid Of Adrenal Fatigue

Our lives are busy. We have a ton of things to do and not enough time to do them all. Our bodies are having a difficult time keeping up with everything, especially our adrenal glands. As tired as you feel, your adrenal glands are even more exhausted.

These glands, which sit right over your kidneys, have to do with energy production, fluid and electrolyte balance, and fat storage. They are also the reason you feel fatigue and gain weight during stressful times. Learning how to get rid of that fatigue can help you get back to a healthy, happier, and more energized life.

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1. Eat Natural Whole Foods

Your body needs vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to run. When you deplete it of the fuel it needs, you put strain on your adrenal glands. This leads to dehydration and a slowdown in hormone production that is essential for keeping you healthy. Natural whole foods are chocked full of everything your body needs – simply eat a variety of them to make sure you get a well-balanced diet.

2. Stay Away From Junk Food

Along the same lines as eating natural whole foods, you should avoid junk food. In addition to not getting the nutrients you need, your adrenal glands have to work overtime to process the toxins in foods without much nutritional value. The harder your adrenal glands work without the fuel they need, the more tired you become.

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3. Drink Plenty Of Water

More than half of your body is made up of water. Without it, your body starts to falter, especially the adrenal glands. These glands process the water to make it perfect for what your body needs. When you don’t supply the water, the adrenal glands can’t work. It signals your brain to let you know you need water, and that’s why you feel tired. It’s a little tap from the adrenal glands saying, “Hey, we need water down here!”

4. Take Vitamin C Daily

You should take 2,000 to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C each day. Vitamin C is what keeps your immune system strong, which supports the functions of the adrenal glands. With properly functioning adrenal glands, your body works like a well-oiled machine. The good food and water consumed are processed efficiently to keep you running throughout your day.

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5. Take Vitamin B-Complex

You probably know vitamin B-complex is good for keeping your energy up, but do you know why? Well, it supports your adrenal glands! The glands love vitamin B because it gives them the kick they need to get going at a pace that will leave you less tired.

6. Use Non-Toxic Chemical Products

When you use toxic chemical products, you end up inhaling them. Your body needs to work overtime to get those toxins out of your body. Don’t make your body work harder than it needs to, especially when you have so much to do throughout the day. Get rid of as many toxins as possible, and you’ll end up seeing where that energy has been going.

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7. Get Moving Outside

Exercise is great, but it’s better when you do it outside in the sun. You end up soaking up that valuable vitamin D your body so desperately needs to convert calcium into what your bones need. It also strengthens your adrenal glands.

While you’re outside, get moving to make your body stronger and leaner. You can walk, run, or go for bike rides around your community. Being active may seem counterintuitive because you’re using energy, but the more energy you use, the more your body knows how much it needs to produce. That way, you’ll have extra energy on the days you’re super busy.

8. Start Working On Your Adrenal Glands

Adrenal fatigue can be combated if you simply take better care of yourself. Your adrenal glands want you to stop making them work so hard with so little help. Eat right, avoid what sucks up your energy, and get moving more frequently. It won’t be long before you see that energy boost you so desperately wish for every day.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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