So what happened? You might remember that I had made mention earlier this year of battling some health problems that required me to see a specialist. I did that in September and got some less-than-desirable news about what was really going on in my body (some of which I’m not ready to go into publicly yet – but don’t worry all will be well). Here’s what I can say: I’m battling adrenal fatigue and when I realized just how bad things were, I put the brakes on everything to give myself some time to really start my recovery. Hence the lack of posting on here. My vitamin D and Vitamin B12 levels were very low, despite the supplementing I had already been doing. So now I am specifically targeting these issues with a liquid D supplement and am taking a high dose of an oral Vitamin B12 spray. I continued to have ongoing problems with insomnia, something I have battled most of my life and had become life-altering since having my son almost 4 years ago. I saw my family doctor for this and am getting adequate help.
So yes, I am taking medications right now to help get my body to finally start recovering from a lot of trauma, stress and chronic severe sleep deprivation. Even though I will always prefer and recommend natural remedies when possible, there are times that emergencies arise or what we’re doing isn’t working and we HAVE to get traditional medical help. THAT’S OKAY. Please hear that – it is okay to get the help you need, even if it means taking medicine for a time. In the last month, I have seen a steady improvement in my well-being. I’m not fighting off illnesses constantly thanks to getting more sleep and cutting back on work and stress. It took me a long time to get in this state of poor health, and it will likely take a while to walk out of it. I do know that God is leading me and I am seeking His direction daily on what my recovery needs to look like and what treatments should be involved.
Here what my treatment protocol consist of right now:
- Plenty of rest and sleep. I average about 7 hours of sleep per night right now, which is lower than the 9 I really need to recuperate. I’m working on that, but my wonderful husband makes sure I get to sleep in on Saturdays. I also nap when I need to which is so weird to say because I NEVER let myself nap before!
- Cut back on cardio exercise. Okay, I know this sounds strange but it really had to be done. Every time I would try to do one of my usual 45-60 minute cardio workouts, it would send my body into a state of severe stress, my heart rate would stay elevated even though I was working out in the early afternoon, and I would be unable to sleep well for a couple of days. I’m now using the rebounder for about 20 -30 minutes when I can, plus using light hand weights for my upper body. I’m also just starting to do some Qigong and Tai Chi and am loving them both! They are slower controlled exercises that help reduce the stress in my body and cause me to feel so refreshed afterwards.
- Supplement with Vitamin C, B12 and D. I’m taking about 5,000 IU of liquid D per day, 1000 mg of an oral spray B12 a day plus Young Living’s Super B Complex, as well as about 1.5 grams of YL’s Super C. These targeted supplements have truly helped my body to start recovering in ways I couldn’t even list on here!
- NingXia Red. This is a high-antioxidant whole foods drink from Young Living that I have added to my regime to help boost my adrenals and strengthen my immune system. I like to add YL’s Mineral Essence to about 2-3 oz of NingXia Red every other day. If you’re not on a full-spectrum quality mineral blend I highly recommend it for everyone. Even if you eat all organic produce and clean meat, our soil is so mineral depleted that our bodies will likely not get what they need without supplementing. And YL’s Mineral Essence is the only one of many that I’ve tried that I can actually stand the taste of.
- Essential Oils/Misc. I continue to use and love my essential oils. I’ve been using an oil blend called En-R-Gee in the mornings to help boost my energy levels especially if I haven’t had enough rest. And when I’m very exhausted, like right now where I’ve had some late nights and sick family members, I use my emergency back up called NingXia Nitro. I’m telling you moms, when I’ve been exhausted and frustrated to my breaking point, these Nitro save my bacon!!
- Worship & Word. Nothing refreshes my soul like time to praise & worship God! And despite these trials, He is so worthy of all praise! You don’t have to wait until church to do this – put your favorite worship music on and have your own time with God at your house. I like Bethel Worship, Jesus Culture and some various artists I’ve found via YouTube. I’ve made a playlist on YouTube of some of my favorite songs and I turn on the playlist as needed. Also, whatever time on the Word you can do at the season of life you’re in is so nourishing. Even if it’s just one verse that you meditate on during the day, you’re doing your whole being a world of good.
- Less work/stress. More fun. Our life has been way too busy and too focused on working for the last many years, and now I homeschool our son which has added a whole other level of work, even though I do enjoy it. I take time in the evenings to do at least one things that is fun and relaxing. My husband and I love to laugh together catching up on episodes of Parks & Rec. And after being an entrepreneurial family for over 14 years, I can say this: no amount of success is worth losing your physical, emotional, spiritual and relational health. I may not get to the top of the ladder quickly, but when I get there, I will have my health intact. I’m determined.
I hope I haven’t lost you in this long post! I want to encourage you that God really desires for you to live in a state of well-being; I’m just convinced of it. The pit you’re in (and me too!) may seem too deep to get out of it, but time will keep passing and eventually we’ll find ourselves on the other side.
Please, let me know what you’re doing to take better care of yourself! We could all use the input from each other as an encouragement on our journey.