Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Holidays are fun, but can be stressful too.
For many of you, the holidays are somewhat nerve-racking for the adrenal glands, whether caused by the overbearing, overwhelming relatives or just the excess of crazed shoppers in the grocery store check-out line. You’re on edge, maybe even snapping at your significant other when they ask if you could “please fold the laundry; I’ve run out of socks.” You know all of this stress piles up over time.
I tend to get more stressed-out patients during the holidays. The holidays, which start in November and end on Jan 2nd, seem to cause an abundance of adrenal gland stress for many people. Now, the holidays do certainly bring joy too but stress too.
I love the holidays, but I do tend to overthink the planning of them all. I also like to cook for everyone, which can be stressful, making everyone’s favorite foods. Plus, I start buying gifts for people in October, so I can take time to plan and think about what kind of special gift each family member may enjoy.
While the stress of any kind affects other parts of your body, you probably are not aware that it also inhibits your adrenal glands (the tiny organs on top of your kidneys that produce the hormones that help you deal with stress ). Due to the adrenal glands either over or under-producing cortisol, you’re subjecting yourself to many side effects such as insomnia, weight gain, fatigue, and more, depending on if your cortisol levels are too high or too low. So, what can we do to support our adrenal gland health during the holidays? Why is it even essential to keep our adrenal glands producing adrenal hormones at optimal levels?
In particular, during the holiday season, I have a simple answer for you: Gift-Giving can help the adrenal glands. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “It’s better to give than to receive.” While the philosophical perspective of those words proves true, many people don’t realize that giving improves our general health – including that of our adrenal glands. If the adrenal glands are producing at an optimal level, you’ll find yourself with the amount of energy you need to feel better overall.
Gift giving in and of itself lays bare the relationships we have with others. It connects us with other people, family members or not, and we human beings thrive on those relationships. Showing your appreciation for a coworker by buying him a pair of woolly socks or watching your daughter open the box full of dress-up goodies she’s been asking for brings a smile to your face and melts away a little bit of the stress that sat waiting in the wings. Giving and connecting with others reduces stress levels, which in turn promotes optimal adrenal health. Good adrenal gland health equals a happier, healthier you.
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