5. Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands only to cause an energy crash later on. Try herbal teas instead. Peppermint tea is a natural pick-me-up that doesn’t stimulate the adrenal glands.
6. Try to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night. And if possible, don’t wake to a blaring alarm clock since the noise causes a flood of stress hormones to be released.
7. Practice the yoga posture Viparita Karani. For those of you who don’t speak Sanskrit (myself included) that means “legs up the wall.” While keeping your legs up the wall, elevate your pelvis on a bolster or folded blankets. According to yoga expert, Roger Cole: “If the legs tire of being straight, bend the knees and cross the legs, with knees near the wall.” According to Cole, “This pose stimulates baroreceptors (blood pressure sensors) in the neck and upper chest, triggering reflexes that reduce nerve input into the adrenal glands, slow the heart rate, slow the brain waves, relax blood vessels, and reduce the amount of norepinephrine circulating in the bloodstream.” For more yoga poses, check out Cole’s article in Yoga Journal here.
8. Exercise regularly but don’t overdo. Exercise is a valuable release for pent-up stresses. Just know your limits and don’t overexercise, since it can cause stress on the adrenals.
9. Take some vitamin C. The adrenal glands use more vitamin C than any other organ or gland in the body. Vitamin C is essential to manufacture adrenal gland hormones. So, when you’ve been chronically stressed, your adrenals may have depleted your vitamin C stores. A typical dose to assist with adrenal stress is 500 to 2000 mg or higher– higher doses may be necessary in extreme cases. Of course, a qualified health professional should be consulted when using higher doses or before beginning any new supplements.