Stress and Adrenal Fatigue in Difficult Times

Are you stressed or tired all the time these days?  With the rising unemployment, many people are dealing with difficult financial situations.  Even those that are still employed are experiencing added stress from additional workload due to reduction in force or worry that they’ll lose their jobs.  What are you doing to manage the stress?  Our bodies have coping mechanisms primarily handled by our adrenal glands but health problems may develop if adrenal dysfunction occurs.  Stress management in these times is very important.  I would like to share some stress management techniques below.  But first, I’d like to mention trends regarding stress.

I decided to write about stress because I have noticed that many of my current patients are suffering from some degree of adrenal fatigue. The last time I saw this high of a percentage of people who have adrenal fatigue signs and symptoms was during October to November of 2001.  This was a month or two after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States.  Is the current economy affecting people’s health due to stress?

Though I have not yet seen research studies measuring the effects of this recent economic downturn, I expect to see prospective studies coming out within the next few years regarding health problems associated with this present stressor.   I certainly see an increase in patients consulting me for stress and/or adrenal fatigue.

According to a June 2002 article in the American Journal of Epidemiology, there were increased use of cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana in New York and Manhattan after the 9/11 attack.  These are poor coping techniques for stress reduction due to a major stressor.

Rather than letting stress take its toll on your body, here are some stress management techniques.  Do any combination of the following:

  • Deep slow breathing
  • Tai Chi exercise
  • Weight training exercise
  • Aerobic exercise
  • Short, completely-uninterrupted naps
  • Focused deep relaxation training techniques, such as hypnosis
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Body Massage

If you do find that you are unable to cope with stress, or you are concerned about health problems that are associated with stress, it’s best to consult a doctor with experience in helping people resolve stress and adrenal fatigue related health conditions.

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