My Story Living With Adrenal Fatigue. How I got it and what I did about it:
I set up miss nutritionist 6 years ago. As soon as I had my certificate from ION I was seeing clients literally on that day. Since then Miss N has been going from Strength to strength but it certainly hasn’t been easy!!
After graduating I realised that I knew nothing about running a business and had to learn fast so I hired a coach for the first 6 months. I highly recommend this to all practitioners starting out because it totally transformed how I work. Having these coaching sessions changed how I approached things and made me really focus on what I wanted to achieve.
As the years went on I started to see loads of clients – one on one – plus I put on my own talks and began working with large corporate companies.You realise sooner or later that being an NT you can’t rely on the clinic model alone hence setting up these additional sources of income.
During this time I also decided to develop my first line of food products: The Dynabites. These were born completely by accident. I invented them at home one day and started to sample them on my clients who told me they were so good that I had to get them in the shops! So I found a factory, got some investment and launched them earlier this year.
I was super excited about these new products in the hope that they would be a huge stepping stone to enhancing my Miss Nutritionist business further.
Now that I was running two business’s there was a lot more pressure and I was being pulled in two directions. The work load was intense which meant little sleep and my diet my went out of the window. At the same time I had some personal relationship stressors that resulted in quite sad consequences.
Ignoring everything and working at the speed of light with no rest or good food I finally collapsed. I was walking in the park about a year ago and I literally fell to the ground.
Are you surprised ? Probably not. But I really was.
For a while I didn’t know what was going on and I thought I needed to take a couple of days off. But when I did that and still felt exhausted I realised that something bigger was at stake.
I started digging deeper and did some tests on myself and the conclusion was clear. I had full blown adrenal fatigue.
After I collapsed I went home, climbed into bed and basically stayed there for 3 months straight.
I couldn’t move
I couldn’t talk
I’d reached rock bottom and thought I was never going to be me again.
So what did I do ? I changed everything …
The first thing had to do was stop. I stopped working and had to make time to rest and sleep. For the first month I was sleeping 14 hours a night, napping during the day and was waking up feeling completely and utterly exhausted. Imagine your worst hangover, times 10, everyday. This is how I felt.
I totally changed my diet. I stopped exercising completely and I took some serious healing supplements for months.
The final part of the recovery was Changing my mindset. I knew that my negative thoughts about the condition were sabotaging my health so in time I change this with the help of some CBT therapy.
Trying to run two businesses from your bed with adrenal fatigue was taxing. Today I’m about 90% recovered and have totally changed how I respond to everything thing in my life. My energy is back and I’ve never been more focused. I’m choosing to focus more on the Dynabites now since they are selling really well and proving extremely popular with our customers.
I’m still scared that I will fall back if I’m not careful and that is always at the back of my mind.
It’s been a huge journey but the biggest realisation of all is that life isn’t just about business. It’s about all the other things that make you happy and make you feel truly energised.