I will never forget when it felt like my body failed me. It wasn’t the first time, but it was surely my biggest wake-up call!
My health crisis happened in my mid-twenties, right in the middle of working on my doctorate, stressing over paying my mortgage, working and taking on too many other priorities. My body hit a wall and I was paying dearly for it.
I was suffering from chronic migraines, insomnia, being 35 lbs overweight, irregular periods and being chronically exhausted. I fell asleep in the middle of class and work several times a week, which was extremely embarrassing. I became unreliable for several months and it created a lot of anxiety.
My body simply stopped working for me.
I didn’t have the tool set that I needed to recover for several months and I didn’t understand how I became so sick. Eventually I was referred by a friend to a functional practitioner who really made me dig deep into the root of the symptoms I was experiencing on a daily basis. My poor health stemmed from something deeper than I imagined. It stemmed from a powerful belief that I grew up with.
Growing up, I learned from my single, working mother that my worth as a woman was measured by how busy and successful I could become. So I worked hard from as early as I can remember. I was determined to prove my worth through hard work, multi-tasking and adding more to my plate. At some point my plate become a huge platter and yet I still found myself stressing about not doing enough, especially for other people.
I was not myself anymore; I felt like a robot simply going through the motions… until I took a deep look into the decisions I made about my health, lifestyle and happiness.
I neglected myself over other pressing priorities. My constant “rushing” took a front seat to my health and my hormones suffered the consequences. In hindsight, I was suffering from Rushing Woman’s Syndrome and it was wrecking my health and life!
Rushing Woman’s Syndrome was coined by Dr. Libby Weaver and it describes the biochemical and emotional effects of constantly being in a rush and the health repercussions that urgency creates.
It didn’t seem to matter if I had three things on my to-do list or one hundred things, I was always rushing to get them done and experienced a lack of control if I couldn’t get them all done quickly enough. This felt overwhelming and unfulfilling most days, but I kept trying to maintain this unachievable schedule…in my attempt to be all things to everyone in my life.
My health crisis was a wake-up call for me to stop, analyze and make changes that would enhance my health, energy and happiness.
I wonder today, what would have happened if I continued at that insane pace without any self-awareness?
When I began to understand the physical and biochemical implications of “rushing” and stress wreaking havoc on my body, I also realized that I wasn’t the only woman suffering from these issues. Everywhere I looked, I met women with similar demands and countless priorities. These priorities were rarely centered around their health until it was too late. As a practitioner, I have taken care of thousands of women dealing with lack of energy, anxiousness, hormonal imbalance, weight gain and chronic stress.
And, it’s not just the physical health consequences that concern me when it comes to women. It’s that they live their lives so out of touch of their intuition and passion, just like I did for many years.
Although I advocate hormone testing to figure out exactly what is going on in your body; there are key indicators to assess If you body is out of balance. Below are some examples of what being out of balance can feel like on a daily basis:
- Your hormones are completely out of whack
- You don’t feel focused
- You are exhausted in the middle of the day, or morning
- Your experiencing digestive issues (there is a connection between the brain and gut)
- You frequently experience head and neck tension
- You are unable to lose weight
- You are sick 3-5 times a year
- You can’t fall asleep at night due to mental chatter
- You feel anxious and overwhelmed by your to-do list
- You say things like: “I am crazy busy, I am in a rush, I’ve gotta go, I am tired”
- You don’t remember how to feel calm and grounded
- You don’t feel happy and fulfilled
Can Anyone Relate to more than one of these warning signs?
The more I connect with women in my practice and in person, the more I realize that we need resources for creating balance in our bodies and in the daily landscape of our busy life.
Over time, I began to realize that we, as women, didn’t have a lot of resources and strategies for managing our priories and our health in a way that works for our life. And that we forgot to put ourselves first for the sake of our health, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day. We need a plan for some radical self healing if we are going to continue to show up big in our careers and for our families.
We Deserve to Feel Vibrant, Happy, Healthy and Empowered to Live Our Best Life!
In my quest to create balance in my life, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I really love making my health a priority. I also learned that I show up more for my patients, husband, friends and family when my body and mind is nourished. And this is what I want for you too.
Are you ready to create balance in your body and in your daily life? If so, you might be trying to…
- Create balance to achieve success
- Fuel your body with powerful nutrition
- Utilize one simple habit for sustainable energy
- Get your libido back
- Set actionable goals that matter
- Rise above hormone imbalance
- Right a prescription for your health
- Overcome peri/menopause with grace
- And a whole lot more…
If this sounds like you, I would love to chat! I have helped thousands of women help to reclaim balance in their lives through nutrition, daily health rituals, and non-toxic, natural methods such as essential oils. If you would like to better understand what kind of solutions I can create for you, contact me and we can get you started!
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