When your body says “STOP”

Have you ever hit that wall where you just HAVE to stop?

I believe that your body is always talking to you. And when you’ve pushed things too far, your body can tell you in a variety of ways. It may be pain, exhaustion or sickness. It may be mental, emotional or physical. But the message is the same. Your body is asking you to “Stop”. And it may be asking you to change something or get help, too.

If you don’t listen at first, it will send you a stronger signal 😉 . Have you ever known anyone who was being a little too tough and just putting up with pain and discomfort? Unfortunately that often leads to further sickness or a more serious injury.

Ignoring early symptoms may allow a disease to progress to a more advanced stage before getting treated. I know that happened to me when I first started having really painful periods, before I found out that I have endometriosis. I was being stoic (and a little stupid?) just hoping that the next month would be better. Now I know better, and I really try to listen to my body and give it what it needs.

If you are like many of the women I work with, you probably struggle to balance work and family and all of life’s demands, and end up pushing through one stress after another and another. Take a minute to consider, is your body giving you any signals lately?

One common theme I see in many of my patients is that chronic stress puts your adrenal system at risk for dysfunction. This “burnout” may lead to fatigue, low immune function, blood sugar dysregulation, stubborn weight gain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and hormonal imbalances.

If you think that your body might be saying “Stop” then listen, and give yourself a break. Plan a vacation, get a massage, take an epsom salt and lavender bath, go to bed early, let go of something on your to do list, and allow yourself to ask for, and receive, help.

If you’d like help in deciphering the messages and symptoms your body is sending you, I’m here for you! Consider an adrenal evaluation and saliva test to see how well you are holding up with all the stress that you are under. I can help you create a custom plan to give you the rest you need, build your resilience and help your body be ready to “Go!” again, in a healthier and more sustainable way.

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