Stress Got The Best of Me. Here is How I Fixed it



When I left the startup world in 2010, I was already pretty burned out, yet had no real idea why that was the case.

I wanted to start a business that aligned with my purpose while being healthy, happy, and highly productive ALL at the same time.

Little did I know that being a solo entrepreneur was just another way to run myself into the ground. I am a go-getter with high aspirations. And this ambition of mine keeps getting the best of me.

Stress is a massive roadblock on the entrepreneurial journey. When we allow stress to dominate our lives, we become more doubtful, less healthy, and less productive.

Understanding the effect of stress changed my life – and eventually my business model (but that’s a different story).

After many years of struggling with stress as a side effect of my ambitions, I was used to functioning at a subpar level and had no idea what it felt like to be well-rested and energized.

When my fatigue started reaching debilitating levels, I had to make dramatic changes.  I had to become a master of my time, my health, and my energy levels.

Today, I’m the opposite.  I have become addicted to feeling calm, focused, and energized.

And this is how I got here:

1) Identify Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

How do you know if you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue caused by stress? Think about the beginning and end of your days. Do you have trouble waking up? Do you feel lethargic, tired, and drained in the morning? Does your energy level drop precipitously between 3-4 PM? These are both symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

People suffering from adrenal fatigue feel hungry frequently, crave salty foods, and often have the urge to eat late at night.

Finally, feeling constantly impatient, irritated, and unhappy can be a signal of adrenal fatigue. People suffering from adrenal fatigue also tend to get sick more easily and are overall less productive.

2) Understand the Causes Of Adrenal Fatigue

Cortisol is an adrenal hormone that influences many of the body’s responses to stress. It regulates blood sugar levels, immune responses, blood pressure, and a variety of other physiological processes. Some people just have naturally low levels of cortisol, but it can also be influenced by our habits.

Poor diet, including lots of sugar, alcohol, drugs, caffeine, animal products, or acidic foods, can impact cortisol levels, as can lack of sleep. Traumatic experiences and a lack of joyful or rejuvenating experiences in life also can distort cortisol.

3) Learn about Cures For Adrenal Fatigue

I’ve had to deal with adrenal fatigue, depression, anxiety, and burnout – debilitating experiences that I would never play down. I’ve been there. So when I tell you it’s possible to not only manage stress, but also develop habits that will allow you to charge ahead, know that I speak from experience.

Conquering adrenal fatigue requires a radical change to your basic habits. All you have to do is change EVERYTHING!

Yeah, I know, I wish I could tell you otherwise. However, if you are struggling with these symptoms, you are most likely lacking many healthy habits in your life.

6 Basic Changes You Can Make

  1. Be honest with yourself and identify what is no longer working in your life. How are you not treating yourself well?
  2. Change your diet: I recommend an alkaline diet with a lot of green veggies – the more color the better. Eliminate all sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
  3. Take charge of your sleep quality. Rejuvenate yourself by creating a sleep routine. That could mean meditating, taking a bath, or doing something that relaxes you and invigorates your spirit.
  4. Exercise: Break a sweat every day, laugh plenty, and make sure to stretch.
  5. Learn how to meditate. It will help you get to know yourself. I prefer to meditate with Mantra, and I use a lot of kundalini techniques. You can also check out transcendental meditation.
  6. Get away from toxic environments and out of toxic relationships. (Your life and sanity depend on it.)

How To Move Forward

Take charge of your life, your health, and your habits to stop the constant fatigue and instead feel vibrant, charged, and fully alive. Take responsibility for your emotional state and lifestyle choices.

Treat your body, mind, and spirit with great care. Do not defile your temple, as you limit the divine that lives within. When you are careless with yourself, your health, and your body, you disrespect your inner potential.

All too often we see people pretend that these healthy habits don’t matter. Develop positive habits that cultivate happiness; don’t just avoid bad habits.

If sudden life changes are causing these symptoms of stress and fatigue, let them wake you up. Let them force you to change everything that is no longer working so that you can truly feel alive. Let fatigue, stress, and burnout be catalysts for chasing something new. Start a quest for your own happiness, health, and radiance. Let your curiosity drive you to create the life you really want.

Cultivating habits of health and happiness will lead to surrounding yourself with a positive support system. Learn how to treat yourself well and others will follow suit.

Don’t keep the company of those who will not help you grow, heal or thrive. Go where the love is. Go where it’s warm. Stay with people who love without fear, who can stand next to you in hardship, and who want to support your dreams.




Reprinted by permission.

Image credit: CC by Sodanie Chea

About the author: Silvia Christmann

Silvia Christmann is an expert at helping high-achievers to reach their next level of success on personal and professional frontiers. She is a growth coach and business mentor. Her work also includes Leadership consulting for emerging entrepreneurs. 

She has successfully coached Former Pro Athletes, Hollywood Actors, Physicians, Musicians, Millionaires, Serial Entrepreneurs, and Emerging Entrepreneurs. She also works with Partners at Global Law Firms, CEOs of Purpose Driven Businesses, C-Level Executives, and Financial Professionals including Hedge Fund Managers, Traders, and Wealth Managers.

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