You’re driving down the road, minding your own business…when, all of a sudden, some crazy dude zips past you, and then crashes into your car as he heads back into your lane. Luckily, your reflexes are quick and you’re able to step on the brakes and avoid a crash.
Has something like that ever happened to you? The human body is incredible in that we’re able to quickly respond to all types of emergency situations. With the assistance of the hormone, adrenaline, your heart rate and blood pressure increases to send more oxygenated blood to the muscles that need to respond. Your blood sugar goes up to provide the fuel. This reaction is called the “fight or flight” reaction because adrenaline sets up our body to literally fight (if needed) or run away from danger.
Thank goodness for adrenaline! It has saved our lives many times. But, do you remember what happens shortly after this stressful situation? Ya, we feel totally drained, exhausted! This is the roller coaster energy zapper that I was referring to in the title.
Unfortunately, we put ourselves in this fight or flight situation over and over again throughout our day. No, hopefully, not too often because of life-or-death situations. This “fight or flight” reaction occurs each and every time we get stressed out over anything. These situations might include the morning alarm, the rush getting out the door, the long commute, and then the business deadlines throughout the day.
Anytime you feel your heart racing or your blood “boiling”, your body is releasing adrenaline…which will have the side effect of causing exhaustion soon after. Many of us feel this adrenaline all day long…keeping us going and going…until our drive home, when we start to feel that exhaustion.
What to do? Here are a few tips to keep your energy more level throughout the day:
- Limit the caffeine to a couple of cups a day. Too much caffeine will cause you to overreact to situations.
- Try to interject a few deep breaths before responding to those situations. Instead of complaining about what you can’t do…look for what you CAN do. You won’t feel quite as stressed if you feel empowered.
- Plan tomorrow…today! Set your clothes out and decide what you’ll have for breakfast the night before, too.
- Get to sleep early enough to get a restful night’s sleep without needing an alarm to wake you.
Remember, stress doesn’t occur from what happens to you…but how you react to what happens to you!