Stress and Your Adrenals

By Nancy Smorch

Yesterday I had another follow-up appointment with the Functional Medicine practitioner.  My numbers from the BIA (Bio Impedance Analysis) were slightly better.  I’m moving in the right direction - not as quickly as I would like, but at least it’s in the right direction!

The thing we are going to work on next is making sure my adrenals are working properly.  When I was talking to the doctor about the adrenal glands, we talked about how many people must have adrenal fatigue and don’t even know it.  A number of things contribute to adrenal fatigue - stress being one of the bigger contributors.

So, the reason I posted the video above is to remind you (or, to suggest for the first time, depending on when you're tuning in) that it’s not necessarily the stress that causes the negative reactions in your body (i.e. adrenal issues), but the belief that stress is bad for you that does.

Watch above, as Kelly McGonigal explains that concept a little further.

The other reason I wanted to post this video is for you to become aware of how you are reacting to stress as well as your perception of what is or isn’t “stressful” in your life.  When a challenge comes up for you, do you automatically move toward a “fight-or-flight” response?  Or do you realize it is part of life and make decisions and plans to deal with it and move forward?  And, when events occur in your life that are really challenging or frustrating, how do you effectively move through or “digest” them, without letting them control your thoughts and your life in general?

Do you meditate?  Do you exercise?  Do you talk and seek support from others?  Do you go for a walk?

And, what exactly is perceived as “stressful” in your life?  For some, everyday occurrences seem to elicit stressful responses, and for others, it takes something more along the lines of a tragedy (death or divorce) to elicit a stress response.  And for still others, even with seemingly tragic situations, they are still okay - they somehow manage to process it, learn from it, be grateful for it, and move forward.

This reminds me of a song by Darryl Worley, “Sounds Like Life to Me."  Check it out here:

Bottom line:  is it stress or is it life?  Check in on your perception and awareness, and let me know what you find out.