Frustration and discouragement are experienced intimately by most people suffering from adrenal fatigue. When you start on the road to recovery and have a setback, you may become discouraged and frustrated. Do not give up! Even when things are not going like they should and you feel like you have tried everything and nothing is working, do not despair. Often the spark you need is the next thing you do, or sometimes it is just the amount of time needed for your program to work. If you keep trying, there is hope. If you give up and quit doing the things that make you feel better, your chances of defeating adrenal fatigue can diminish greatly. So, the first and last rule of any recovery program is to never give up!
Some people start feeling better in the first week of their recovery program, especially if they follow an adrenal fatigue-friendly diet or make changes in their lifestyle that significantly reduce stress. Typically, you should not expect changes before at least three weeks.
An exercise that can help with keeping a positive attitude is to keep a journal in which you jot down notes daily about how you feel, what they are able to do, and your general overall symptoms. On days when you are feeling discouraged, you can go back to the early journal entries and note that you have made progress even though it does not feel that way at the moment. As you get better, you will find that you are able to do and complete more things, your frame of mind is improving, and you are more able to handle the rocky times. Note the happy days in your journal; they will serve as landmarks and inspiration on other days when you need encouragement.
Although regaining your health and vitality is very important and requires considerable commitment and persistence on your part, do not wrap your entire life up into getting well. This creates a compulsiveness that is not usually conducive to restoring health. It causes you to be driven by the effort to get well which then becomes just another source of stress draining your adrenals.