I don’t know about you, but there are plenty of times I feel overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety, when the weight of the world seems to be on my doorstep and my shoulders. These feelings are often accompanied by crying spells and what I call crankiness—but my family may use a stronger word!
These feelings are not uncommon. Women often experience them around menstruation, and they go up and down along with our wildly fluctuating hormone levels.
But what I was experiencing was something different. My anxiety, crankiness and crying spells were not related to my periods. Instead, after consulting a caring healthcare professional, we identified the cause as adrenal fatigue.
When we think about adrenal fatigue (I talk more about it here), the symptoms that usually come to mind are extreme fatigue, sugar cravings, prediabetes (insulin resistance), and stubborn weight gain. I already had all of those things!
Often, however, people overlook the psychological symptoms that accompany adrenal fatigue, which can be just as devastating as the physical ones.
All of my negative, challenging feelings were becoming more and more prevalent during a period of months when I was facing some intense physical and emotional stressors. Both my husband and my mother were dealing with serious health issues, and I was trying to balance their needs with those of my children while attempting to keep Divine Renewal going.
In the process, I forgot to take care of myself. I had many of the classic causes of adrenal fatigue: