Now I have settled back into my normal life after India, it’s time to resume my “From Fatigue to Fantastic” series!
As I have mentioned in my past blogs that Adrenal Fatigue is often unrecognized. It is also unknown to the majority of the public, including medical practitioners.
Today I will share with you the 5 worst comments I received before and during my journey with Adrenal Fatigue.
Here they are….
1. ” Why aren’t you on Antidepressants?”, ” Just go on Antidepressants”
Well, you got it completely wrong. Adrenal Fatigue is not depression. I have had quite a few people asked me this, including a GP. Antidepressants seem very popular these days. One size fits all, NOT!
2. ” It’s all in your head”
I wish it was. Then I wouldn’t have had such a challenging time dealing with people like you. The above GP is one of those who told me to “just get over it.”
3. ” What!? Are you tired AGAIN!? What’s wrong with you? You are just being lazy. Here take these.” (Handing me panadol and coffee)
Obviously, dating you was where I went wrong. Taking pills is like masking a problem. We need to treat the cause, not suppress the symptoms.
4. ” Once you get a job, you will be fine. Just get out there and save your sanity.”
Well, I would if I could. How could I possibly work if I couldn’t walk 50 metres without running out of breath, and couldn’t remember where I was going?
5. ” Have a big cup of coffee. Caffeine will sort you out.”
Caffeine or any form of stimulant is the worst enemy for Adrenal Fatigue. It gives you a quick short-lived energy burst followed by a huge crash. Bedridden for 2 days with no energy to spare.
These are actual words said to me by real people. I found these VERY challenging. Every time someone said something similar, it really got me. But then one day, I decided. I decided not to take anything personally. I decided to only listen to my body, my intuition. Then a lot of pressure was lifted. It is so important to listen to your body and honor the messages that you receive from it. Create a plan and stick to it. Trust. Get help from the right source. The others don’t exactly understand what you are going through, and from my experience, they are often very quick to judge. Have faith in yourself in whatever you do.
Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.