This was kind of weird considering I am in a pretty good shape physically. And I was just walking briskly up (a very slight) hill. I had completed a (fun but very fast) Zumba workout just a hour beforehand.
This was in the afternoon. Earlier that day, in the morning, I noticed my heart was racing and I was nearly having a panic attack getting my family out of the door (Kids' lunches packed? Check! Library books put together? Check! Committee Meeting schedule confirmed? Check! Oh, wait, I-need-to-grab-that-water-bottle-as-it-is-going-to-be-a-long-meeting-and-I-am-headed-for-a-workout-afterwards-since-I won't-have-time-for-a workout-tomorrow-because-I-have-several-client-meetings-then! Check! )
Check? CRASH! Time for an adrenal reset.
Rhodiola to the rescue. But let me back it up to figure out how we got here, in the first place.
It has been unseasonably hot in Portland lately while the pollen has been flying high also. Usually, these two things don't coincide as our spring and early summer are typically nice and cool. Yet, we have been having a heat wave as of late. It has been hard to cool off to get enough hours of peaceful sleep in at night, as a consequence.
Are you with me, so far? Good! Let's back it up even more. One of my kids is graduating from elementary school. Which is exciting. But, to make things even more exciting, I signed myself up to be on the committee overseeing the logistics of the "big" graduation day. I am not sure why. I love volunteering at my kids' school and do it regularly but you usually don't see me on a committee. I simply love hanging out with the kids, on filed trips or at library time, art class, or whenever else a helping hand is needed. Helping kids check out library books (or even pounding nails into a wall if that is what a teacher/ classroom needs at any particular time) is where I like to be. I love working with and helping the kids and teachers but I do not thrive working on a committee with other grown ups. Becasue I know I can be amazing at getting things done but the process of getting things done, with the necessity of reaching a "grown up consensus," runs my batteries pretty empty. So, why did I sign up to be on that "big" grown up committee during a particularly hectic time of the year, again? I truly do not know. But, you guessed it right, my batteries have been run low. Add the unseasonal heat, the cardio workout, on top of my regular work and life responsibilities, and we get a perfect storm resulting in a crash.
Please do not misunderstand me. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a cardio workout, even in the midst of hot weather, if your body hands it just fine. Mind does not, however. I love Zumba in the winter, for example, but when it is hot outside, I enjoy walks along shady trails and yoga.
And, of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being on a high energy parent volunteer committee. If this is something you actually enjoy. Many parents do and I am genuinely grateful for and to them. On the other hand, a lot of parents do not actually enjoy helping out in the classroom while I thrive at seeing kids' faces light up. I thrive at seeing how I help this or that little person in just that particular moment and it means the world to me. One might call it "instant gratification" and, who knows, maybe it is. I will keep doing it:-). The point is everyone is different and it it truly important to know what nourishes YOU. Challenges are great but picking the ones that excite you without burning you out is really important.
Back to rhodiola now, shall we? What is rhodiola, anyway? Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb, frequently used for helping overcome adrenal fatigue. Please do not start taking it without talking to your doctor fist if you suspect adrenal fatigue, however. I am taking it now because I am very familiar with adrenal reset protocols and I also am not taking anything else that would interact with rhodiola. This is very important and I just wanted to make it clear. In any case, a good adrenal reset protocol should incorporate a change in diet and exercise, with supplements being very low on the list, if not very last. Kind of like switching to yoga and meditation from a cardio workout, for example.
The really important thing is to access your personal situation and honor your own body. No one else knows you better than you do but sometimes it is really hard to take a break and listen to what your own body is trying to tell you. But, yes, really important. So that you can avoid the personal crash of the magnitude I am sharing with you today. I am a nutrition coach but I am also human. Very much so. Sometimes I, too, need a reminder to realize that I am just human and not "super human." I need to remind myself that I would rather do a few things really well than a lot of things poorly (or, maybe, as it might be in my case, well, but at the expense of my adrenals). I encourage you to do the same. Sometime less really is more.
So try this: let the outside world go quiet, even for a moment, so that you can listen to yourself. Do not let YOUR world overheat when it is hot outside already, literally or figuratively. Honor YOURSELF and nourish YOURSELF. Trust me, you will be able to help others better as well, as a result.
As I was driving after dropping my kids off at school this morning I saw a friend of mine walking with his daughter. I pulled over to say "Hi" as I had not seen them in a while. It turned out they were walking to a busy street hoping to get lucky with a random bus because they had just missed their usual city bus, the perfect ride to the child's school. I was with a car while my friend was not. And I had time on my side while my friend and his daughter did not. So I just drove them to their school. We made it there three minutes before the bell rang. It was perfect! And my friend and I got to catch up on the way. That required a super tiny effort on my part but made me genuinely happy. I think I am going to have to do more of that. That which makes me happy and nourishes me in an authentic way. Will you? Less really can be more so often.
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