Are you tired of being bored? Perhaps you feel like you haven’t done anything exciting lately, and you’re itching to really feel alive, to feel a boost of adrenaline kick in. Did you know that you can actually be addicted to adrenaline? While we might enjoy the “rush” it gives us, it’s important to not rely on it too heavily. It’s also crucial to not seek unhealthy ways of finding that adrenaline boost, such as engaging in risky behaviors or taking drugs. Instead, here are some safe ways that you can both satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie and learn how to calm it down. If you’re looking for a dose of adrenaline, there are healthier options than engaging in risky behaviors or taking drugs. Here are some alternative options, as well as tips for lowering your overall need for adrenaline.
1. Enjoy a Healthy Workout
Did you know that when we exercise, we get a rush of a hormone called epinephrine, which is also known as adrenaline? This is because our body kicks into “fight or flight” mode when we work hard. This in turn increases heart rate and blood flow, allowing oxygen to move more quickly throughout your body. Be cautious, however; too much excessive exercise can lead to an unhealthy addiction, so practice it in regular, manageable doses instead.
2. Try an Extreme Sport
Extreme sports also provide a rush of adrenaline and, when practiced safely and in moderation, are definitely a healthier option than drugs. Backcountry snowboarding, bungee jumping, river rafting, skydiving and extreme rock climbing are all examples of these sports. Be sure you have appropriate safety equipment, training and guidance before participating in any of these activities.Photo by familymwr
3. Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Trying something new, especially when it’s out of your comfort zone, can also create a rush of adrenaline. This doesn’t have to be an extreme sport but can be going to an audition, participating in a school production or singing in front of an audience.
4. Take a Step Back
While there are safer ways to fill that adrenaline void than taking drugs, it’s also important to slow down, take a step back and lower your need for adrenaline altogether. After all, an addiction to adrenaline can be very dangerous in and of itself. Therefore, while you’re searching for healthier sources of adrenaline, also try participating in soothing meditative practices from time to time like yoga or deep breathing. This will help your body to relax and reduce your level of arousal from adrenaline.
5. Avoid Excessive Stimulants
Avoiding excessive stimulants can also help lower your need for adrenaline. This includes consumed ones like caffeine and alcohol, but also external stimulants like prolonged screen time (ie: computer games or TV). Above all else, it’s important to strive for a healthy balance in your life, both physically and mentally.
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