How to Subdue an Adrenaline Rush

An adrenalin rush is when your body experiences an increased release of the hormone adrenalin. A person may feel suddenly energetic and unable to control his emotions. Adrenalin rushes can be brought on by stress or excitement. Although in some instances you may want to experience an adrenalin rush, there are also times when you may want to subdue it.

Stop moving. Adrenalin rushes are often associated with athletic activities, many of them involving extreme physical movement. To subdue an adrenalin rush, stop the activity you are involved in.

Practice deep breathing in order to calm yourself. If you find yourself trying to calm down, you can take a few minutes to practice deep breathing techniques. Inhale deeply and blow out each breath slowly.

Consider meditation to calm an adrenalin rush. Combine deep breathing with imagining peaceful imagery as a way to relax.

Focus on another activity. You can also frequently subdue an adrenalin rush by refocusing your energy on another task. You may find distraction in television, music or books.

Take a cool shower. Hopping in a cold or lukewarm shower can help subdue the anxiety that you may feel during an adrenalin rush.

Give it some time. Adrenalin rushes will usually pass on their own naturally if you are unable to subdue it with any of the above relaxation techniques.


If your adrenalin rushes are anxiety-related and are causing you to have panic attacks, speak to your doctor. He may prescribe anti-anxiety medication to help you stay calm during the panic attack.

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