RIDE THE EX­CITE­MENT

How to make the most of your next adrenalin rush.

Shape (Singapore) - - November 2018 -

PREP YOUR BODY FOR AC­TION

Dur­ing an adrenalin rush, your sys­tem re­leases the stress hor­mones adrenalin and cor­ti­sol, ex­plains Marla Deibler, a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist based in New Jer­sey. They get you ready for ac­tion, but cor­ti­sol spikes can also over­whelm you or make you feel stressed. Work­ing out be­fore a big event will reg­u­late your lev­els of the stress hor­mone, mak­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence more pro­duc­tive over­all, says Marla.

MAX­IMISE THE RUSH

Once you’re feel­ing the buzz, you can make the most of it with a sim­ple men­tal trick. “Take a few sec­onds to ap­pre­ci­ate what’s hap­pen­ing to your body,” says El­iz­a­beth Lom­bardo, au­thor of Bet­ter Than Per­fect: 7 Strate­gies to Crush Your In­ner Critic and Cre­ate a

Life You Love. Fo­cus on your heart rate or breath­ing speed­ing up, and re­mind your­self that it’s a sign that your body is giv­ing you the en­ergy boost you need to suc­ceed.

STRETCH IT OUT

An adrenalin rush lasts about 20 min­utes. The in­flux of hor­mones may leave you feel­ing shaky af­ter­wards; if so, breathe deeply for a few min­utes, or take a yoga class to re­gain equi­lib­rium, Marla says. If you’re too keyed up for that, a run or a Ta­bata work­out will burn off ex­cess en­ergy.

GET HIGHER Make the most of your next thrill.

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