Glad to see this thread is still active. I need to get back into focusing on my adrenals since they're back in the dumps. From what I remember last time I suffered a major, life-changing stress, I was able to recover more quickly - I'm hoping with some TLC, that'll be the case this time as well.
I think my last biggest stress was when my Dad had some heart attacks here at home back in October of 2008 with a heart cath and then bypass surgery following. The week between when he refused to go to the hospital was one of the most stressful times of my life - and then the surgery. But I recovered and things were better.
As many of you long-timers know, we share a home with my parents. My Dad died suddenly and unexpectedly on 2/15. As expected, the adrenaline kept me chugging away with the necessary things for about a week and then the constant lightheadedness set in. Now I'm exhausted all the time, achey, dizzy and super sensitive to sugar/carbs.
In a way, I think that I feel a certain relief in that I don't have to wait for his health to decline, kwim? No more anxiety about when he'd have a heart attack or something. But OTOH, I am dealing with trying to figure out finances for my Mom, taxes, SS, all kinds of stuff. At least I know that once I get everything figured out, it'll get easier and more routine.
I need to do a supplement order since I'm running low on everything. I think I'm going to get a super B5 complex rather than just a broad B-complex. I really like Thorne brand. I actually used my Seriphos to get through my Dad's service and it really took the edge off.
A friend made us a lovely meal and sent along a book about Heartmath. I'd heard of it before and knew to recognize the feeling that I describe as your heart bursting with love and trying to achieve that feeling more often, but reading through the book (it's about handling stress) has been super helpful.
There's a chapter on adrenal health/stress hormones and it says that supplements don't really get to the root of it because it boils down to emotional outlooks. It makes sense because you really have to learn to change the way you interpret things from the outside world. Learning to deal with stress is key to healing adrenals. I've always looked at it like: healing your adrenals is the key to being able to deal with stress, but I suppose turning that around makes sense.
The book is called: Transforming Stress: The Heartmath Solution For Relieving Worry, Fatigue, And Tension
I highly recommend it for everyone, but especially people who need help healing their adrenals.
I think I'm due for another ASI soon - this will be my fourth annual ASI. I feel like I'm STILL going to be in Zone 7, after what's gone on recently. But, I am still anxiety-free (not including recent health anxiety that began after my Dad died - which I think is a perfectly normal, and temporary response.)