21 Tips for Adrenaline & Stress

Adrenaline and Stress by Archibald Hart is easily one of the top 10 books I’ve derrived personal application from.  I recently revisited his book and compiled his tips on adrenaline and stress management. 

  1. Self talk is the best start – tell yourself to calm down.  Consciously physically relax.  Practice breathing relaxation exercises if needed.  Stop trying to be a savior and remind yourself of your small place in this world. 
  2. Quickly resolve the big adrenaline emotions – anger, resentment, frustration, irritation, over excitement.
  3. Notice people.
  4. Adjust your expectations.
  5. When you know high adrenaline seasons are coming, plan-in adequate recovery time. 
  6. Avoiding Anger:  Have a few friends who are non-angry.  Accent the flaws in your own personality – revealing your imperfection helps you be more forgiving of others.  Stop believing anger is your ally.  Be assertive when people hurt you.  Stop criticizing others.  Find someone to talk to about life circumstances with.
  7. Smooth your brow and drop your jaw – clenching never helps.  This is one of the simplest things you can be conscious of on a busy day.
  8. Relax your hands, once again avoiding clenching.
  9. Get medication if needed.
  10. Sleep and lowering adrenaline has a chicken & egg kind of relationship (Chapter 11).  The National Commission on Sleep Disorders suggests 8 hrs of sleep per night for health.  Hart suggests 8-10, depending on the demands of that season.  1/4 adults have insomnia.
  11. Shut of adrenaline in non-emergency situations.  Your life span will be shortened if stress/adrenaline is present to achieve daily routine functions.
  12. Love – it’s more than a feeling; more than liking people.
  13. Forgiveness
  14. Be okay with unfinished business.  God will be the one to finish. 
  15. Create periods of non-thinking.
  16. Slow down your thinking – talk to yourself very slowly.
  17. Cover one thing at a time.
  18. Change your attitude – most Type-A’s are trying to prove something to themselves, or the world.
  19. Change your behavior – slow down in everything.  Eliminate hurry.
  20. Learn to laugh.  Don’t take life too seriously.  Enjoy life and the world around you. 
  21. Abundant evidence says our most inventive and creative times are in low adrenaline.  Adrenaline is for action, not thinking.

2 responses to “21 Tips for Adrenaline & Stress

  1. Melissa Hofmeister

    So that’s why you sent me out to Starbucks today :0) Thanks for a rest day Brian!

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