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Adrenaline Addiction is the hidden cause of many of our time, balance and productivity challenges. 

In our achievement-oriented society, adrenaline addiction has reached epidemic proportions particularly amongst women because more and more women are in the workforce while still maintaining their roles as wives, mothers and homemakers. 

More often than not we work on the symptoms of adrenalin addiction. We focus on stress and its related illnesses – chronic fatigue, lupus, etc or we beat ourselves up for our poor time management skills. We beat ourselves up because we don’t produce enough. We blame ourselves for being disorganized, overwhelmed, procrastinating or being late not realizing that adrenalin addiction is the real problem. 

It is time to bring Adrenaline Addiction out of the closet so that professional women can achieve success and improve the quality of their lives while maintaining their health and wellbeing. 

What is adrenalin?
Adrenalin is part of the “fight or flight” response that our bodies experience when needing to cope with acute stress. The adrenal gland is part of our immune system and helps keep us healthy. In stressful situations, our adrenal glands secrete a hormone called adrenalin which increases our rates of blood circulation, breathing and carbohydrate metabolism giving us added energy. It helps us to respond faster and deal more effectively with the crisis at hand. 

What is adrenalin addiction?
Because adrenalin gives us a burst of energy that allows us to produce effectively in a crisis, many of us begin to rely on it. Unconsciously we begin to recreate the circumstances that produce the adrenalin until it becomes a habit. While adrenalin is a great resource for us, when it is used as our primary source of energy, it has some serious side effects.

The payoffs from Adrenalin Addiction are:

  • It creates an urgency that gets you into action

  • A temporary burst of high energy – you get a “rush” or “high”

  • A temporary increase in your focus and feeling of accomplishment 

  • It makes life feel more exciting

  • A temporary ability to avoid negative feelings

The downside of Adrenalin Addiction is that you:

  • Create stress and crisis in order to produce results

  • Wait until the last moment so you can be the hero that saves the day 

  • Try to be Superwoman and have unrealistic expectations

  • Frequently over promise and under deliver 

  • Live reactively rather than pro-actively, reacting to crises rather than planning for the future.

The costs of Adrenaline Addiction are:

  • Tremendous stress on your body

  • Over time, it weakens the immune system and leads to illness

  • You lose your ability to focus

  • You sacrifice quality for immediate results

  • You get depressed because you don’t produce at your best

  • It adversely impacts your personal and professional relationships 

  • You tend to live in the future and fail to enjoy or maximize opportunities in the present. 

  • You constantly beat yourself up because you are never enough 

Adrenaline Addicts are often:

  • Workaholics

  • Overachievers

  • Constantly on the go

  • Perform well in a crisis

  • Production machines

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