Living life can take the life right out of you, at least it seems like that a lot to me these days. When I decided to go into the legal field, I thought it was going to be really interesting and meaningful work. Little did I know that going back to school to go into the legal field would kill my health. Once I got into the legal field I found that I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. The one thing I learned about myself is that I prefer to be the one running the show rather than being the one supporting the show. You don’t always end up liking the the person you are hired to support, and I found that to be the case with every job. It might just be me, who knows?
One of the main causes for adrenal fatigue happens to be stress. We’ve all heard the saying “stress kills.” Let me tell you, it’s not a metaphor. It really does kill! Going back to school while working a full time job and being a top student in my class was very stressful. I can definitely say that was the nail in my coffin. But there are other stress factors too. My current stress factor is that I don’t like my current job at all. Other than the fact that it provides a paycheck and pays the bills, there is nothing about this job that I like. And you know what, that’s stressful! That stress takes a toll on me everyday that I have to get up and go sit at my desk for 8 hours putting up with people I do not enjoy in the least. You’re probably saying “why don’t you just quit your job then?” I would love to if I could. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything else to fall back on financially at the moment. What I am trying to say is that your overall happiness with your life has a direct impact on your ability to handle stress and recover from whatever you may be dealing with.
There are times when this really weighs on me. I see my friends and family going out and doing things all the time while I stay home and do a bunch of nothing. Most of the time I have to force myself to get up and get out of the house so I don’t go stir crazy sitting at home all the time. At the same time I have to be selective about what I do. It can’t be too physically exerting or I’ll just be laid out for days afterwards. But then opportunities arise and I just can’t let them pass me by. Friday ended on a rough note at work with lots of last minute letters and changes to be made before I left for the weekend. I found these things to be very frustrating and stressful because I knew I couldn’t stay late to finish them. The rest of the weekend had lots of plans of meeting up with friends and having some great food. It’s something I had really been looking forward to since I don’t do these sort of things that often. Sunday was the highlight of the whole weekend for me. I met up with a blogger friend who planned on doing a lifestyle shoot for me. We met up at a cute cafe in San Francisco and the adventure began. After running all over San Francisco in boots that just killed my feet, we ended the day in Crissy Field at the beach to watch the sunset. It was an amazing day full of fun, adventure and laughter. By the time I got home however, I was so exhausted I could barely get undressed to put myself to bed. The next day I woke up achy and completely brain fried. I managed to get myself to work and pull another long 8 hour day, but that was about all I managed to do.
The great part about the weekend is that I am still on a high from Sunday and how much fun I had. I can definitely tell a difference in my overall well being as a result of it. The difference comes when I go into work and I face the day knowing that I am completely unhappy with my job. Recovering from a condition like adrenal fatigue doesn’t just take care of itself by taking some good supplements and structuring your diet accordingly. You also have to manage your stress levels too. The more you laugh and have fun, the better chance you have at recovering from whatever it may be that you are dealing with.
So what else do I do to manage my stress and increase my overall happiness in life. Right now they’re little things like cooking and learning how to master food photography. These sort of things take little from me and allow me to do a lot at the same time. I also get out as well. Getting fresh air and surrounding myself in nature is a wonderful way for me to decompress and remove myself from the stressful things in my life I can’t quite change yet.
As of tomorrow I will shipping off my saliva test to find out my results in regards to adrenal fatigue. Unfortunately it will take 3-4 weeks to get these results. At least it gives me something to look forward to. I think about how will I feel once Evan and I determine what supplements to take and how to structure my diet. I am hoping for significant improvements in my overall wellbeing like anyone would. But I also understand that it may just take time to feel better as well.
Stay tuned for next weeks Candidly Vixxen. I will definitely go into what I have been doing for myself before I finally decided to work with Evan. I just felt that discussing how this weekend went and how I felt afterwards was a little more significant this time around. I hope you found something useful from it as well. Thank you for taking the time to ready my story and I look forward to seeing you next week.