If someone wanted to get an idea of what it is like to experience adrenalin, they could imagine what it would be like if ten people were running after them. Not only will their body be in fight or flight mode, they will also experience a surge of energy and feel alive.
What plays a part in all this is the dopamine that is released, which is known as the ‘feel-good hormone’. Therefore, although experiencing adrenalin will give someone a high, it will also cause them to experience a fair amount of tension.
A Closer Look
When adrenalin kicks in, someone’s heart rate is likely increase and their blood pressure is likely to go up, too. The energy boost that they get is then not going to come without a cost.
Another thing that will be secreted is cortisol, and this something that can have a negative effect on their whole being; that’s if too much or too little is released over a long period of time. What is clear is that a fair amount will be released when they are experiencing an adrenalin rush.
With this in mind, it wouldn’t be accurate to say that adrenalin is good and neither would it be right to say that it is bad. It would be more accurate to say that experiencing too much of it is not a good thing, while not experiencing it at all is not good either.
If someone’s day-to-day life is typically filled with moments where they experience adrenalin, it could show that they live a very stressful life. On the other hand, if they can’t remember when they last experienced adrenalin, it could show that they rarely do anything exciting.
Always On the Go
When it comes to the former, someone could be in a position where they are practically always busy. The job that they have could be very stressful, with them working in an environment where there is a lot of pressure on them to get everything right.
Perhaps they are expected to do more than their fair share, meaning that they need all this extra energy in order to get the job done. And even when they are not at work, it could be more or less impossible for them to relax.
Still, even though living in this way is going to take its toll on their being, it doesn’t mean that they will do anything about it. Due to how long their life has been this way for, it might not even stand out.
There could be plenty of other people in their life who live in the same way, thereby stopping them from taking a step back and reflecting on how they experience life. Nonetheless, there could still be moments in their life when they complain about what is taking place, but this will be as far as it will go.
If they are in an intimate relationship, this could be another part of their life that is anything but peaceful. There could be arguments and fights, and they may even be with someone who is abusive.
In a way, it will be as if they are constantly running on a treadmill; running one mile after another, never getting off to take a break. At this point in time their health may appear to be fine, but as time passes, it may gradually deteriorate.
Time for an Adventure
When it comes to the latter, someone could lead a life that is very peaceful yet it could lack that spark. Adding moments to it where they experience adrenalin could lead to some unforgettable moments.
This doesn’t mean that they have to jump out of an airplane as there are plenty of other things that they can do that are not as extreme. What this can also do is give them a greater appreciation of the peace and tranquillity that they usually experience.
A Strong Attachment
Now, if someone who is used to experiencing a lot of adrenalin was to experience life differently, they may end up feeling bored. Due to how long their life has been this way, they won’t be able to handle a life without so much stimulation.
What they are hooked on will be having a negative effect on their health, but it will be something that they crave. At the same time, experiencing life differently could cause them to feel very extremely uncomfortable.
What this could illustrate is that they are carrying a fair amount of trauma and adrenalin allows them to keep it out of their conscious awareness. Deep down, they may feel as though their life is under threat.
Slowing down and no longer experiencing so much adrenalin can then be seen as something that would put their life at risk. One is then going to be doing everything that they can to avoid a threat that no longer exists.
Back In Time
During their early years, they may have been brought in a very dysfunctional environment; an environment where it felt as though their life was constantly under threat. This would have been a time when they were in fight or flight mode on a regular basis, meaning that it would have been normal for them to experience high levels of adrenalin.
The years would then have passed, but unconsciously, they will still believe that they need to defend themselves against an external threat. Without realising it, staying busy and living a highly stressful life will be a way for them to stop themselves from feeling defenceless and as though their life is going to end.
And, thanks to how they felt throughout their early years, living on edge is also going to feel comfortable. Experiencing life in this way will be familiar and what is familiar is what is classed as safe to their unconscious mind.
If one can relate to this, and they no longer want to live in this way, they may need to reach out for external support. This is something that can be provided by the assistance of a therapist or a healer.
It will most likely be essential for them to work through the trauma that is within them, so that their body and brain no longer crave so much adrenalin. Once they no longer feel as though their life is under threat or feel comfortable living on edge, it will be a lot easier for them to settle down.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.