Stress, Fatigue and Mood
Coping with Stress
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed has almost become the norm with today’s busy lifestyles. As we cram so much into each day, it is little wonder that body and brain sometimes just can’t keep up. Every challenging event, no matter how big or small, adds to our stress load.
These stressful events cause a disruption to our normal mental and hormonal functioning. This releases hormones and neurotransmitters to help us cope with a stressful event. When kept in check, these response systems are extremely effective for “survival”. However, if the stress continues for a prolonged period of time, our stress coping mechanisms start to function inappropriately, and our health can be significantly affected.
Chronic stress is now extremely common, leading to exhaustion, irritability, sleep issues, low mood, and it is often the underlying causes of many physical health issues.
Exhausted? Tired all the time? You may have Adrenal Fatigue
Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning? Need a coffee before you can function? Any little stress causes you sudden exhaustion or inability to cope? Feeling tired all the time even when you do sleep well?
You may be one of many in the new epidemic of “Adrenal Fatigue”. Our adrenal glands produce stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are vital for our “Fight Flight” response. But after years and years of pumping out these hormones and having to work too hard too often, our adrenal glands finally give up. This results in a state of ‘hypoadrenia”, or low adrenal function. This is characterised by low production of adrenal hormones like cortisol and low DHEA, and feeling utterly exhausted.
The good news is that your adrenals can recover. By using specific nutrients such as magnesium, B vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and vitamin C, together with herbal medicine specific to adrenal health, your adrenal glands can recuperate, restoring your energy levels so that you can get on with life!
Sleep is not a luxury – it is a necessity for good health. Poor sleep can be the cause of many health concerns, not just fatigue. Did you know that sleep quality can impact on your cardiovascular health and your ability to lose weight? When we sleep, it is our body’s opportunity to repair itself, detoxify, and rebuild. Without adequate sleep these vital processes can fall short – we literally don’t give our bodies the time they need for the night-time processes.
Frances prescribes simple herbal medicine remedies, with clinically proven ingredients, to help improve your natural sleep rhythm.
Irritable? Moody, Not Feeling your usual happy-self?
Changes in mood can be caused by many things – hormonal imbalance, PMS, menopause, thyroid function, stress (of course!), chronic pain, physical injury, personal and family issues.
Mental health and mood issues are more common than many people realise. It is natural to feel like you are the only one that may be feeling low, but you are not alone! Thankfully, there are some natural medicines and positive lifestyle habits that can help improve your mood. Frances prescribes nutrients to support healthy mood, and herbal medicines that can be used safely in conjunction with pharmaceutical treatments for mood issues.
Your Path to Feeling Better
Frances uses a three step approach to determine the cause of your fatigue, sleep and mood issues, and devises a treatment plan for you:
- An initial fact finding consultation and assessment of your symptoms, current diet, lifestyle, personal and family medical history.
- An assessment and testing session: This may include a Mood Disorder Appraisal, and Functional Pathology tests including:
- Thyroid hormones
- Female hormonal profile
- Salivary cortisol, melatonin and DHEA
- pH assessment
- A discussion with you about your tailored treatment program, specifically based on your test results, current medications, and tailored for what is “do-able” for you. This may include dietary advice, practitioner-only nutritional supplements and herbal medicine.
Frances recommends regular follow-up consultations to continually monitor your improvement and adjust your treatment accordingly.