Your adrenals, which are triangular-shaped glands at the top of your kidneys, produce the hormones that help your body respond to (and weather) lots of day-to-day bedlam. But chronic stress overloads can tax these delicate glands, hindering their production of energizing hormones such as adrenaline.
Common Tip-Offs:Daily bouts of fatigue, combined with stress-triggered anxiety, edginess and trouble unwinding, say UCLA researchers
Rx: Enjoy DIY massages. To cut your symptoms in half within one week, treat yourself to two five-minute foot massages daily -- one in the morning and one in the evening. Your feet contain hundreds of pressure-sensitive nerve endings, and massaging them daily increases energy levels for 81 percent of women -- by relaxing the central nervous system so that overworked adrenal glands can rest and heal, say researchers at the University of Miami, FL. Use a firm but gentle kneading motion, and remember to massage the backs of your heels and the webbing between your toes -- these often-missed spots are rich in relaxing pressure points. You can also try massaging your temples and then your earlobes -- a minute each, two times a day, suggests Marcelle Pick, MSN, OB/GYN NP in her book, Are You Tired and Wired?