To view an adaptogen like a credit card
If you're overspending (energy out is greater than
energy in), you'll get yourself into debt (perhaps
nervous anxiety/exhaustion). As a tool to help get
you out of debt, you might get a credit card or loan
(adaptogen) which gives you some extra cash ("energy")
to get you through your day and tasks.
If you use your new credit too aggressively (go back to
your pattern of energy out is greater than energy in)
that credit card (adaptogen) is only gonna make things
harder down the road (more debt/bigger energy crash).
But, if you spend your extra cash (energy) wisely, make
strategic investments, and hold some back to start
building up your savings (core energy) again, and say,
"Sorry, no, I'd like to but can't do that" to the things
that will burn up more money (energy) than you can
afford, they can be exceptionally useful tools to get
things back on track.
We should remember that one of the original uses of
adaptogens was to get the working class able to handle
bad working conditions with less rest and less
burnout... they can help one endure an inhospitable
situation or lifestyle with less negative impact.
When using them, I like to encourage people to ask:
"Do I really need to endure this inhospitable situation?
Do I want to?"