Initially you might find the adrenaline rush exciting and motivational but over time, it can impact your work and home life balance. In an article published by Science Daily, Haral Sitte of MedUni Vienna’s Institute of Pharmacology says that “Dopamine is a so-called messenger substance or neurotransmitter that conveys signals between neurons. It not only controls mental and emotional responses but also motor reactions…Adrenaline is a close relative of dopamine. However, serious health problems can arise if too little or too much dopamine is being produced. If too few dopamine molecules are released, Parkinson’s disease can develop, while an excess can lead to mania, hallucinations and schizophrenia.”
Am I living off adrenalin at work?Do you find yourself continually staying late at work so you can get one more sale than your colleague? Do you take excessive risks that could jeopardise your job? Do you crave competition regardless of whether it damages your working relationships? If you answered yes to any of these types of adrenalin-seeking behaviours, then it’s likely you’re living off adrenalin at work.
There are many different reasons why people seek out adrenalin rushes and while they can make you feel excited and elated for a while, the pleasurable sensations can soon turn into boredom, anxiety and a feeling of emptiness once the adrenalin drains from your body.
Ways to overcome adrenaline addictionOver time, adrenaline addiction in the workplace can have a negative effect on your mental health, your colleagues and the company as a whole. But if you want to kick the addiction, there are several ways to overcome it.
- Take regular exercise as this will release the same ‘happy hormones’ as an adrenaline rush and it’s less likely you’ll crave excitement from more dangerous or risky activities at work.
- Get plenty of sleep to ensure your mind and body are in tip-top condition, as this will help you to feel more in control of any addictive behaviours and urges.
- Eating a healthy diet will regulate your body’s blood sugar levels and you’ll be less likely to go in search of an adrenaline rush. Low blood sugar can make you feel less restless and agitated so you won’t feel as distracted or tempted to go in search of that adrenalin-induced sensation.
- If you’re hooked on adrenalin, the thought of meditation and other calming activities (such as mindfulness, breathing exercises, gentle yoga, tai chi) might fill you with dread, but once you’ve learned how to relax, it can actually be really beneficial and stave off any adrenalin cravings.