How a little adrenaline can be good for you
We are used to being told that stress is bad for us. Too much stress has been linked to obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart attack. However, it’s important to distinguish between stress and adrenaline. Some short-term stressors and a release of adrenaline can be beneficial to our health, even delaying the effects of aging! Here are some ways that short-term bursts of stress can be good for us:
1.Understand what stress you are experiencing
Some activities feel stressful but in a fun way, such as skydiving, white water rafting or extreme sports. Anxiety triggers the human flight or fight response, releasing cortisol and adrenaline for a burst of energy. When doing an activity, tune into your body and ask yourself whether the stress feels good or bad. Some people function far better when there is an element of adrenaline, while others don’t function well at all in these situations. If you’re a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, be sure to try a Tank Driving Day with Tank Experiences through Armourgeddon
2.Boosts brain power
When we’re under a manageable level of stress, the body releases adrenaline which has positive impacts on your brain health. This is nature’s clever way of ensuring you stay sharp and alert when stressed. Adrenaline increases awareness, improves cognitive function and even memory. Therefore, a little bit of positive adrenaline is great for your mind.
3. Short stress bursts improve body function
Engaging in experiences that produce short-term adrenaline for a couple of hours has been linked to improved health. Research has shown that short bursts of stress reduces damage to DNA inside cells. The body seems to respond by increasing its antioxidant systems and making it more efficient against free radicals (the things that cause aging, some disease and tissue decline).
This could even improve a person’s immunity thanks to the release of cortisol, with small amounts boosting immune function. Too much cortisol, however, does act as an immune suppressant. So, the key is to enjoy some good stress for a couple of hours but try not to let bad stress linger for too long.
4. Time to recuperate
The health benefits of stress are a bit like the health benefits of exercise. Little and often, with time to recuperate is far more beneficial than overdoing it. With exercise, we need time to for our muscle and tissues to recuperate and it’s the same with stress and adrenaline. Even too much good stress can wear us out, so enjoy adrenaline-boosting activities in moderation, with recuperating breaks between adventures! Build in lots of time during your days and weeks to recharge your batteries, both physically and psychologically.