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I think every blogger experiences a time when she is unable to give her blog the attention it deserves, either due to illness, circumstance, or just plain old "Life." So much has happened over the past few months, and as I've caught a moment of quiet during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I thought I'd check in and share a bit about it.
You see, I haven't been feeling like myself lately. Over the past two months, I've been in and out of the doctor's office trying to get some answers and it turns out I am dealing with adrenal fatigue, which is a controversial and (to me) an interesting diagnosis.
Adrenal Fatigue is a condition in which your adrenal glands (the glands that produce hormones which regulate numerous body functions) stop working properly due to prolonged exposure to mental or physical stress and/or trauma. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, lack of energy, low sex drive, cravings for salty foods, inability to handle stress, mood swings...etc..etc...(there is so much more...)
I've been advised to relax as much as I possibly can and this has translated into laying low on the internet, avoiding anything that might stress me out (including exercise), getting plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours a night -- more if possible), taking special supplements and modifying my diet. So that's what I've been trying to do over the past few months.
For instance, I had a huge launch planned over on the Yoni Diaries for the holiday shopping season, but Life gave me a very definite command to lay low and take it easy. After tending to my office job, relationships, and other work, I could not possibly squeeze out any more energy to devote to one more thing. I'm honoring the cues of my body and focusing on recovery as much as possible.
What is funny about all of this, though, is that in my time away from the blog, I realized-- I can't quit you! Blogging is one area of my life that I simply can not live without! I've always enjoyed writing as an outlet. I tried to stop writing, but the time away has given me a new perspective -- kind of like when you are standing too close to a painting and have to step back for a better overview.
You see, I have a 9 - 5 job that pays well, but does not give me much opportunity to be expressive. It brings me immense joy to write, to be creative, to share from my little corner of the world wide web. So while I've scaled waaaaay back on my "in-person" workshops, Goddess circle, life coaching, and let up a bit on my Etsy business, I've decided that I just can't give up blogging!
And from here on out, my hope is to share with you about living with adrenal fatigue. Frankly, I know that sharing could help so many women out there who are suffering needlessly! What I am going through is not unusual but it often gets misdiagnosed or overlooked entirely by the medical community. My hope is to provide a dose of encouragement for anyone who might recognize their own journey within the pages of my blog.
In the meantime, I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was kind to you and that you got a chance to kick off your holiday season in good cheer!
P.S. I forgot to mention another thing that is happening over here...we are moving! (Talk about stressful! Gah!) Thanksgiving 2015 was the Last (Family) Supper at our current home. We will be celebrating Solstice and Christmas in our new digs, and though the blog pics may not be pretty, I can't wait to share them with you! Happy Holidays!
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.