By | April 14, 2016

This happened to me recently when I started reading some of the work of Dr Libby Weaver. She is a PhD-qualified nutritionist who has focused her whole practise and education around what she has coined “Rushing Woman’s Syndrome” (although we could lump a lot of fellas into this category too).
I started researching as part of a collaboration I am conducting with my mentor for a series of coroprate presentations I will be undertaking later on in the year.
The big focus for my research and these presentations is stress and adrenal health. I have spoken about adrenal health before, and I know that it rang true with a lot of you.
What I did not expect this time around was to feel as though someone was writing about me. I like to think that I have good balance in my life: work, home, kids, social and me time. But you know what, sometimes that balance is so far out of whack that your body tells you, screams at you, to SLOW down.
I am sharing my experience in the hope that if it resonates, you too can use the tools to restore that balance.
When did life become so busy? When did it get to the point where we had to schedule friends in? Why on earth are we taking our phones to the toilet with us? When did we become so obsessed with social media and technology that we panic if we don’t check our phones every five minutes?
Are you feeling anxious, on edge, irritable, hypersensitive to noise, zero stress tolerance, emotional, tired, angry, low libido, PMS out of control, falling asleep in the afternoon, craving sugar and caffeine, using caffeine to wake up and alcohol to wind down?
If so, you are a may be a rushing woman juggling a million balls and it is only a matter of time before we drop one. Exercise is fast-paced, life is fast-paced, we always have to be doing, going and ‘on’. Yes, the answer lies in many facets of management: diet and nutrition, mental health, happiness, appropriate exercise and relaxation.
But hands down, my advice to everyone is to slow down. Switch off your phone for an afternoon, go for a stroll barefoot in the sand, meditate, incorporate something in your daily routine that promotes relaxation and reduces your body’s production of cortisol, to give your adrenals a break because they are screaming at us.
Bec Winkler is a qualified naturopath with 10 years’ experience. She works at the Chiropractic Centre, Jan Juc.