Adrenaline can save your life. It is a production of nature intended to help us survive. When our brain recognizes a situation that could be dangerous to us in any way, it pops off a squad of hormones from the adrenal gland that prepares the body to save itself. Whether we need to run five miles,lift a car, or fight off a bear, our body prepares itself when these warrior hormones pulse out into our bloodstream. It heightens and increases our blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and gets muscles amped for exertion.
Here is where the problem lies…
Actually, before I go any further, let me say here that this is not new information, this is not anything that has not been said before. I simply felt the need to regurgitate it because I recently felt the damn side effects of it, so you may one day too. If you read this and come into a similar situation, I hope you can call on it to help you through as I had to.
The issue comes in when our body fails to distinguish the difference between a saber tooth tiger advancing for attack thousands of years ago and your boss yelling at you for something you didn’t have anything to do with in front of the whole office. Our systems were designed to recognize a threat, however, our system has a fault in distinguishing one that could kill us from one that doesn’t require our flight or fight.
As an example, the other day I made my first public announcement about my coaching business. So fucking exciting, and great, and the feedback was enough to runneth my cup all over the damn place. Nothing bad was happening at. all. Yet within an hour of the overwhelming thrill of speaking it out loud on my LIVE feed, also my choice, and receiving countless wonderful notifications filled with love and support, I began to feel sick.
Nausea, dizziness, ringing in my ears, panic at my chest and throat, and overheating hit me like a sucker punch. I instantly knew the adrenaline had begun to settle into my body. You see, when you don’t need to fight off an attacker or run from a tsunami, there is no way to burn off that released hormone and as it settles into your blood it takes its tole.
I would not be the friend, mother, and now a coach I am, if I did not have these experiences, understand them, and also SHARE them. If I hid my truths how would anyone trust me with theirs? So here I am. That day I was wiped, the comedown was tough, but, knowing what it was, allowing…