This month, I share some important insights about adrenal exhaustion. You may wonder, why in August? After all, things slow down in the summer months and there is much less juggling of priorities. If you are sick from stress and over-commitment, it can be much harder to look objectively at the root cause of your un-wellness. So take advantage of the summer hiatus and tap into your body’s wisdom at the deepest level. You’ll find there is a wealth of information with clues about what you need to feel your best.
I was drawn to Catherine Ponder’s books as a young doctor, and return to them again and again. Ponder was one of the first to write for the masses about the mind/body/spirit connection, which she began in the 1960s. In The Healing Secrets of the Ages, Ponder connects health conditions to emotional issues and life circumstances. According to Ponder, the adrenal glands are where the Strength center of our body is located. This is where you get the ability to “keep on keeping on” and to endure.
You probably know that the adrenals are there to spur you on, to give you energy to tackle stressful situations, both emotional and physical. The adrenals—think adrenaline—are closely connected with the sympathetic nervous system (the gas) as opposed to the parasympathetic nervous system (the brake). During times of fight or flight, you need the sympathetic nervous system to change your physiology, so you can take action. You also need the parasympathetic nervous system to change your physiology, so you can benefit from deep rest and restoration.
Unfortunately, many women’s adrenals are tasked with constantly producing the hormones that keep them amped up. Abnormal adrenaline and cortisol levels can result in mood disorders, sleep disturbances, reduced immunity, and changes in vital circulation. Because these side effects are not uncomfortable enough to be intolerable, a self-destructive, adrenal-depleting lifestyle often continues. Eventually, the adrenals become overtaxed and exhausted, and can’t keep up with the burden. Sound familiar?
Women with adrenal exhaustion often complain of too many things to do and not enough time in which to do them. If you’ve got a lengthy to do list, make sure you’re avoiding this trap: the old “If I don’t do it, it won’t get done.” That’s a false sense of responsibility, and it also depletes your adrenals. Click here to continue reading.
As I said in this month’s blog, I often reread Catherine Ponder’s books. If you’ve never read any of her books, I suggest starting with The Dynamic Laws of Healing. Ponder is an American minister of the Unity Church who was born in 1927. Her message has been referred to as a blend of New Age and Christianity. Although she is Christian, her books are not religious per se, and I suspect people of all faiths will find comfort and insight in her words. I consider her to be in the same genre as the inspirational authors Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale, who also taught that our words and thoughts create our reality.
According to Catherine Ponder, “One of the greatest secrets you can ever learn is that you have healing power!” Ponder says about her book The Dynamic Laws of Healing, “I wish to share with you some of the laws of healing that deal with the cause of ill thoughts and feelings. More than just analyzing the cause of disease, these healing laws show you how to ‘turn on’ the right thoughts and feelings from deep within your own being, thereby changing the whole pattern of your thinking and consequently your health.”
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