Are You An Overstressed Adrenaline Junkie?

Take the Quiz and Find Out!

Today, we have more time-saving devices at home and in offices than ever before in history, yet have you ever noticed that most of us have no time? If you’re living in the fast lane, always under the wire, and love the thrill of being busy and rushing – even to your peril, you likely are an adrenaline junkie.

Many people think it’s too much work that’s causing a frazzled, hurried lifestyle. According the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Stress at Work survey, 75% of employees believe they have more on-the-job stress than the generation before them. But it’s not only work that’s the culprit, it’s the act of stuffing every minute with something. Engaging stress relief to achieve a healthy balance may be in order.

To put one’s feet up and read a book (unless it’s work related) or watch a movie has become a forgotten pleasure for many.

What’s an Adrenaline Junkie?

Being busy every minute becomes a sought after habit. Perhaps it’s a bit of a high. People have become ‘adrenaline junkies’. Caffeine gives you that high, as does alcohol (temporarily) – so does gambling. It’s the thrill of an adrenaline rush while waiting for the right card or for the right number to come up that’s so compelling – a chance to win! Some people also love the ‘rush’ of being busy – all the time, and can get addicted to it. Like any addiction, it can be difficult to break.

Your adrenal glands (two of them, each located above your kidneys at your back) help give you energy when you need it. When the stress response kicks in and the body’s metabolism speeds up, the adrenal glands pump more adrenaline into the system. These powerful little allies in your body help to boost your metabolism in case you need to run fast to catch a subway or bus, or if you’re being chased by a large, barking dog. However, by switching on your adrenal glands at every turn during the day, you’re creating a burden for them. You’ll soon find yourself exhausted.

Welcome to the club.

Your awareness that you are living at a heightened pace is the very first step to ultimately taming the frazzled beast.

Take the Quiz to See If You’re an Adrenaline Junkie!

Keep track of the yeses in response to the questions below:

1)   Are you truly overworked – too much work piled onto you?

2)   Are you avoiding being in relationship/s with others?

3)   Must you show you can accomplish at all costs?

4)   Are your tasks truly due NOW? (Or can some of them wait?)

5)   Do you equate productivity with your very identity?

6)   Or is your ‘productivity’ an old habit that you can’t shake?

7)   Do you think you have Type A Behaviour – always in a rush? (Do you talk fast, eat fast, become angry over small issues – even explosive?)

8)   Do you grab fast food to match your fast paced life?

9)   Do you have the urge to fill every minute with something? (Overdoing it on all fronts?)

10) Do you think your mental and physical health are suffering from these tendencies?

If you scored more than 5 out of 10, you likely are an ‘adrenaline junkie’!

Most people know what they ‘should’ do for their health, but they don’t do it, until they’re forced to through sickness.

Natural Remedies for Stress

The simplest way to help create work/life balance – Instead of going faster . . . SLOW DOWN.

This is the first and most important step, although the most difficult for those speedy individuals. Your brain, nervous system, heart and lungs will all be getting a much needed break

a)    If you notice that you’re rushing, immediately take a few deep breaths.

b)   If you are doing more than one thing at a time, notice it and stop doing one of the activities; it could save your life.

c)    If you feel you are walking too fast, slow down your pace.

d)   If you feel you are eating too fast, eat more slowly and chew each mouthful instead of gulping it down.

e)    During conversations, notice and slow your pace of speaking; limit your own speaking time, and enjoy eye contact. You’ll become a better listener . . .and everyone loves to be listened to.

f)     Examine your schedule; are you woefully overcommitted? What can you delete or shift to make more spaces in your calendar?

g)    Plan family time – and really be there, instead of mentally engaged in a work-filled space.

h)   Take brisk walks or exercise to burn off stress chemicals.

i)     Do some deep belly breaths – in through your nose; hold it, then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat throughout the day.

j)     Go out with friends; take time for some enjoyment of laughter, fun – a much needed stress reliever.

It takes time, commitment and wanting to act in order to balance work and personal life. Small steps are enough. Say bye bye to being an ‘adrenaline junkie’ and instead become ‘more balanced’ in your approach. It has to come from you – like all changes in life.