Adrenalin is a hormone which increases heart rate and blood flow and prepares the body to either defend itself or to run--what is often referred to as fight or flight. Many times athletes want to trigger an adrenalin rush just before a contest to give themselves as much of an edge as possible. Frequent adrenalin rushes can be stressful to the heart.
- Skill level:
Visualise a past situation in which you were extremely frightened. Try to relive the situation in your mind--visualise every sight, every smell and every sound that made you frightened.
Visualise a situation in the past in which you were extremely angry. The more vividly you can recall this situation the better. Let the anger flow through your body now.
Relive a stressful situation. Try to recreate the stressful feelings, recalling situations, lines of dialogue and anything else that caused you to feel as if you wanted to explode--or scream or run away.
Clench your fists and make grunting noises while forcing air through your mouth or nose in order to "get yourself psyched."
Tips and warnings
- Once you have created an adrenalin rush use it quickly as adrenalin is a short-acting hormone designed to provide a short burst of energy for the body.
- Do not create adrenalin rushes on a frequent basis as this could cause permanent heart or circulatory damage.