The Adrenaline Lifestyle
Adrenaline is a lifestyle for most people. It’s an acceptable—often expected—addiction we call being driven, over scheduled, intense, or Type “A.” While adrenaline is cheap to trigger, about $1.38 for a cup of coffee, the lifestyle is mighty expensive; it can cost you meaningful relationships and even your life.
5 Signs of an adrenaline lifestyle
- You feel pressure to perform all the time.
- You’re usually late.
- You procrastinate and then rush to deliver.
- You have many projects underway and none are finished.
- You expect immediate results and delays upset you greatly.
Our bodies haven’t changed since the time of our great-great grandparents yet the demands on them sure have. Technology creates a feeling of endless possibility but carries with it a paradox. In pursuit of the right choice, are you making any choice? Trying to keep up, we’ll reach for the quickest source of energy, adrenaline. The rush is effective and seductive for good reasons, mainly because it works. Adrenaline is great for plowing through difficulties or avoiding the realities of an unsatisfying life.
We desensitize ourselves to avoid feeling overwhelmed. The louder your world becomes the less you notice what’s actually going on. Ironic isn’t it? It boils down to a lifestyle created by overwhelm that turns into a lifestyle that supports overwhelm and adrenaline addiction.
Offered in the spirit of awareness, not psychological treatment.
Step 1: Identify current sources
Energy is everywhere: food, exercise, conflict, nature, drama, giving, accomplishment, and love are just a few. Identify your most common sources and then figure out how expensive they might be. Conflict generates energy but often requires a long recovery while creativity usually gives you a big return on your investment.