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How to Control Your Body's Adrenaline

by
author image Beth Rifkin
Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
How to Control Your Body's Adrenaline
Getting enough sleep can help you to reduce your stress level. Photo Credit Joe Madeira/Stockbyte/Getty Images

An adrenaline rush is commonly known as the "fight-or-flight" response, and happens when you feel a sudden threat. The perceived threat can range from a vicious dog barking, job or family stress or someone trying to pick a fight with you. The result is an elevated heart rate and blood pressure, which can be dangerous over time. Control your adrenaline by managing your stress and your reaction to stressful situations.

Step 1

Make changes in your life where you are able in order to reduce your stress level. Look for a new job if your current position is an endless source of anxiety. Address problems with your partner if your relationship is problematic or stressful. Look for the areas in your life that trigger stress responses and create a plan to modify these areas.

Step 2

Get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Feeling fatigued from too little sleep can increase your stress levels along with the way that you react to problems or threats. Make it a point to relax in the evenings so that you are able to fall asleep in time to fit seven or eight hours in.

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Step 3

Avoid eating added sugars, saturated fats and white flours. These unhealthy foods can stress your body and make it more difficult for you to process difficult circumstances. Eat foods that nourish your body, such as, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Step 4

Practice deep breathing methods to relax your body and mind during times of stress. Slowly inhale through your nose to a count of five and exhale through your nose for five counts as well. Continue to do this until you feel your muscles relax and the tensions ease.

Step 5

Speak to a therapist about the problems in your life that are causing you stress to control your adrenaline. A therapist will allow you to talk about your problems and get them off of your chest while also offering solutions and coping methods.

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