My final year of university broke me. From endless exams, assignments, a lofty patient quota, countless hours spent studying, working each morning and evening and not to mention cleaning my house and feeding my boyfriend! I was burning the candle at both ends for so long, that when I finally graduated, I was fried.
I remember for about three months I couldn’t get out of bed before 11am (which was 6 hours later than usual), my energy was constantly around 2/10 and I still feel guilty that I couldn’t be bothered hanging around to watch the rest of my friends receive their degrees at our graduation.
Ever since then if I experience even a quarter of that stress, I return my former state of ‘potato.’
So what’s going on?
In a normal situation, when you experience something stressful your brain will activate the (Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal) HPA pathway which releases chemicals that trigger cortisol to be released from your adrenal glands. Cortisol raises blood sugar levels so you have enough energy to flee a dangerous situation. This is accompanied by epinephrine and norepinephrine (adrenalin) which sends your body into the fight or flight response – think increased heart rate, decreased appetite and blood to your limbs so you can flee faster!
When you experience long periods of stress or many episodes of stress your body becomes more sensitive to it…Chronic Stress Sensitivity. The HPA pathway circuit will be ‘stuck on’ whilst those important hormones that it stimulates will start to run dry.
Are you feeling constantly tired, having trouble getting out of bed, forgetting your friends’ names or where you put your keys? Think back about what has been going on in your life, has it been a stressful year(s) for you? Have you experienced a significantly stressful event in your past? Your body may not have had the time or help to heal and you may still be running on empty.
If unchecked your symptoms of Chronic Stress Sensitivity can get worse – chronic fatigue, weight gain, depression, bone and muscle breakdown, memory loss and even diabetes are just a few conditions that can manifest.
But you can help yourself heal by following some simple steps to reverse CSS. Plus follow the links on each step to create your personalised self-healing program!
The biggest lesson I try to teach my patients is to ‘invest in YOU.’ How are you going to be the biggest badass, female fighter, kick butt champion of your life if you don’t take the time to build your health foundation?