The Blessings of Adrenal Fatigue

The Blessings of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue / burnout has always been a negative topic in my mind, but as someone who loves psychology, mindset and perspective, I thought it was due time that I changed that.

 

It’s been 3 years since my burnout and not many experiences take me quite this long develop positive perspective on because not many experiences changed the person I am quite as drastically as adrenal burnout did.

 

The type of person that develops adrenal fatigue is one that very plainly, has no clue when to stop.

 

We are hustlers who are slightly ignorant to the fact that our body has a limit.
We are people who put others needs before ours.
We are dreamers who will chase our dreams till we are forced to stop.
We are warriors who fight too many battles.

 

We have a lot to be proud of, except for the fact that we don’t / didn’t know how to respect our body.

 

It’s hard for us to find the blessings in something that makes us stop being who we are and doing what we need to do. It gets in our way and is an annoying, sensitive brat!

 

Oh right, the blessings…

 

1) We now have a top grade warning system.

Now that I have developed hypersensitive superpowers that tell me when I’m living a crappy life, I can adjust my lifestyle back to where it should be, focusing on self-care.

 

When I start feeling wired, when sleep hours are getting funky, when I start holding lots of water weight, etc. I appreciate those signs that tell me that I have to pull back so that I’m not out for months like last time.

 

The body is smart, maybe even genius. Since I was totally unaware of how to know when I needed rest before, the body now sends very loud signals and can even force me to pull back if necessary.

 

Thank you, body! 😃

 

2) We are a better version of ourselves.

 

Through my experience, those of us who have gone through adrenal fatigue and have taken the time to recover from it needed to turn inward and work on themselves.

 

I went on a spiritual journey with Reiki practices and lots of self-forgiveness, self-acceptance and self-discovery. Unlocking many things about my past that I had to let go of.

 

When the body is too tired to do anything, it’s a great time for self-reflection because we need to see why we let ourselves think it’s alright to get to this state. As a result, we grow. Becoming kinder to others because we know life happens and kinder to ourselves because we are only human.

 

3) We have developed great boundaries.

 

Many of us who fall into adrenal fatigue happen to be “yes” people with zero boundaries. You learn very quickly how to say “no” when your body no longer lets you say “yes”.

 

To recover and stay healthy, we have learned how to have solid boundaries that allows us time for self-care, rest and relaxation. Over time those boundaries also become guilt-free, which makes us such efficient people in all ways of life!

 

There ya go! That’s the big blessings that adrenal burnout have brought my way.

 

It’s changed the person I am and I’m appreciative of it all!

 

If you haven’t learned these yet and you have adrenal fatigue, it’s time you start applying these lessons!!

 

Share some your lessons or experiences with adrenal fatigue / burnout below, I’d love to see what insights you’ve gained from your personal experience!!

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xx
Cari Li

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2 thoughts on “The Blessings of Adrenal Fatigue”

  • How long did it take you to recover from your overtraining fatigue?
    I’m currently almost 9 months into recovery from overexercise, and your blog gives me faith that I will have my strength again,
    and running will not govern my entire life and my thoughts, but my happiness will <3 <3
    It truly is a blessing <3

    • Hi Annie,

      Thank you so much for your response! I personally took 6 months off from training to focus solely on chiropractic appointments, acupuncture, massage, reiki and spiritual work and lots of sleep! From there I slowly added in more yoga and short weight sessions. I’d like to give an exact amount of time I took to recover, but my body has never been the same and every time I push for it to be, things get worse. I have come to a place where I’m okay with my body being as sensitive as it is. To be able to at least train regularly, sleep regular hours, have good energy during the day, I’d say 12-18 months is what it took me. I worked less and really just focused on rest and was lucky enough I had that option at the time.

      I hope your recovery goes well. Be patient with yourself. I spent the time I used to spend training working on educating myself with courses / books and also turning inward and learning more about myself and why I’d let myself get to this point. Lots of time for self-discovery when we can’t train right? haha!

      Keep me in the loop!

      xx
      Cari Li

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