When Life Leaves You Feeling Overwhelmed

As the summer winds down and school and work gears up again, many patients come to me with similar complaints:  Chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and pain, insomnia, digestive complaints, mood swings, irritability, crying, anxiety and depression.  Life seemed to be asking more of them than they had to offer—physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Their days were filled with good things such as caring for home and family, building meaningful relationships, doing a good job at work, being involved in their community, taxiing young children to their activities and many others. They were caught up in lifestyles that had become very fast paced—almost unmanageable. Rest was in short supply and food was often grabbed on the run, the quicker the better.  Raw foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds were in short supply, while processed and/or fast foods were being consumed in abundance.

Upon examination, I found these patients to be lacking in various vitamins and minerals —most commonly B-complex and alkaline ash minerals.  Adrenal exhaustion and vitamin C deficiency were also common threads.

In the face of these challenges, what can be done?

  • Start by re-establishing your priorities.  Take a serious look at your daily schedule and eliminate those activities that aren’t necessary.
  • Try getting a little more organized.  Lists do wonders in cutting down on unnecessary trips to the store for forgotten items.
  • Look deep to see if you’re carrying responsibilities that belong to others.  Realize that taking time for yourself doesn’t mean you’re being selfish.  Go for a walk, read a book, soak in the tub, take a nap or exercise your spiritual muscles—whatever is important to you.
  • Make time to prepare wholesome meals for yourself, your family and friends.  Set a nice table.  Mealtime should be a special time to get together.
  • Use a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  If you have a juicer, take the time to use it.  Drinking freshly made juices is like having a vitamin/mineral transfusion.
  • Begin to eliminate specific nutritional deficiencies.  Whole food supplements are designed to re-build the body at the cellular level, unlike fractionated, synthetically produced supplements that produce medicine-like symptomatic relief. They facilitate true healing that will last.

The lifestyle described above is all too common today.  Would we have had the same conversation if I had spoken to you today?  If you, a loved one or a friend fit this profile, don’t let another month go by feeling so poorly.  Call me to set up an appointment, in person or by phone, and we’ll look at some nutritional and lifestyle choices that are sure to change your life for the better.