In today’s Culture of Now, men and women are expected to get everything done, right away. It sometimes seems like there simply aren’t enough hours in a day. In order to make our looming deadlines, be too many things to too many people, we often turn to caffeine to keep us going.
I like to think of consuming caffeine like using a credit card. It’s okay if you use it on occasion and can pay it back, but can have terrible consequences if use it a lot and can’t pay it back. Caffeine is the same as credit – you’re borrowing energy from your body. To a point, you can pay it back with extra sleep and self-care. But, eventually, you’ll reach a point where you can no longer pay your body back and you just keep borrowing against empty reserves.
Eventually your body, like any good bank, will call you on it. Your body–specifically your adrenal system–will peeter out: this is called adrenal fatigue.
Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from adrenal fatigue each year? Symptoms include difficulty waking up, depression, low libidio, foggy-headedness, and a compromised immune system. You may even have insomnia, as your body is so tired it can’t properly fall asleep (yes, it actually takes your body a good deal of energy to give you a proper night’s rest).
Kick the caffeine addiction by switching to green tea or half decaf/half caf. Even drinking one less cup a day of straight-up will help!
More importantly, take inventory of your life. What in your schedule is forcing you to live in borrowed energy? How can you find some space to slow down?
If you think you have adrenal fatigue, please contact me for a (free!) health consultation. This is a serious condition and can have many long term consequences, such as weight gain, hormonal imbalances, and anxiety/depression. Many of my clients report feeling much more balanced, energetic, and clear-headed once we’ve worked on their adrenal issues!