How to Control Adrenaline Flow

Updated April 17, 2017

Adrenalin flow can work as either an ally or a foe, giving you a "fight-or-flight" response. When you need a boost of energy, adrenalin is a great help. However, when you're in the middle of a crisis, adrenalin will raise your stress level, making it difficult to deal with the situation. It's important to control your adrenalin flow when you're in the midst of stressful times. You can control both the physical and mental impacts of your adrenalin rush.

Control your breathing. Deep breathing can calm you down and lower your adrenalin level. Breathe in slowly, and breathe out for a few seconds longer than you breathed in.

Create a "battle cry." This is a technique that members of the military use to lower their adrenalin levels and turn their stress into positive energy. You can come up with a sentence that you'll repeat to yourself or even a chant that you say loudly. Anything that will calm you down and channel your energy will do the trick.

Act quickly. The sooner you respond to your adrenalin rush, the sooner it will go down. You may have to physically move your body or simply control your thoughts, but either way, act as soon as you feel the surge of stress.

Practice controlling your adrenalin. You may not be able to lower your stress levels as much as you'd like the first few times you attempt to. However, as you get more used to noticing when your adrenalin is sky rocketing and you practice techniques to lower it, you'll become better at the task.


Adrenalin, also referred to as epinephrine, is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. Adrenalin is released by the adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys.


According to, at 115 heartbeat per minute (BPM), we can lose our fine motor skills; at 145 BPM, we can lose our complex motor skills; at 175 BPM, we can experience tunnel vision and lose our cognitive abilities; at 220 BPM, we can experience hypervigilance and act irrationally. If you don't control your adrenalin flow and stress levels, you could potentially suffer from heart disease, sleep disturbances, digestion problems, obesity, depression, memory lapses or skin conditions.

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As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.