Remember how I said I took on new responsibilities at work and will be focusing on that for a while?
Well, the last 2 weeks have been crazy to say the least.
In fact, I was so stressed I couldn’t sleep half the night thinking of all the new skills I needed to hone and the things I needed to get done.
By the end of the first week, I crashed.
Literally crashed. My brain stopped working. my digestion went on strike. My muscles turned to jelly. I even caught a cold.
They used to call this adrenal fatigue. Now it’s called hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction.
Turns out the only way to get through it is to stop making withdrawals i.e stop taxing your body and brain further, and to start making some deposits i.e doing good things like resting, self-care and good nutrition to help your body recover.
What has all of this got to do with you?
I just wanted to share what’s happening in my life and also bring up an important issue that many people go through but never recognize is happening. I used to ‘work through’ and could never understand why i felt so bad. Now I know better.
Also, my seb derm flared up. Not bad like it was at the beginning but it was a definite flare. It just goes to show how big an impact stress has on the body and on your skin.
If you’re ‘doing everything right’ with skincare and nutrition but you’re still having troubles with seb derm or other health problems, chances are you’re stressed. That needs to be sorted before you can see any meaningful change in your skin and in your health.
I’m a huge fan of Mark Hyman. I find his videos entertaining and he usually gives practical advice that regular people like us can implement in our own lives. For those of you struggling with stress and fatigue, this video about HPA axis dysfunction can start you on your journey to recovering.
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I made a video about whether rosemary oil is good for seb derm.
Spoiler alert: It is.
I talk about why it’s good and how to use rosemary oil in the video: