For many of those adventure travellers who get offended at being accused of being adrenaline junkies, what’s the big deal? Why does this offend you? In all fairness, we all harbour a bit of an addictive streak within each and every one of our personalities, but how that addiction manifests is what makes all the difference to the quality of your life.
In any case, there are much worse things in the world to be addicted to than that catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress, stimulating autonomic nerve action – as defined by the WordWeb dictionary! There are worse things in the world to be addicted to than adrenaline because unlike many other substances which we won’t mention here, adrenaline is indeed a result of a natural biological process.
Managed properly, one’s addiction to adrenaline can make for what is essentially a safe and natural drug that has no bearing on your health at all. If anything, feeding this addiction can have a positive effect on your health in that it ordinarily requires one to engage in some or other form of challenging physical activity to induce that much-coveted adrenaline rush.
In your rush to get your next adrenaline fix however, remember to exercise some vigilance and keep yourself safe physically. For one, you can get just as much of an adrenaline rush next weekend if conditions over this weekend aren’t at all good for something like your base-jumping exploits and in fact you can perhaps get just as much of a rush by just thinking about some of these activities or watching some epic videos of other people engaging in them.
In addition, there’s a reason why even amateur dirt-bikers scour the web for the top motocross off road gloves – it’s merely a personal safety matter. While feeding your adrenaline addiction, remember to use the full and proper protective gear. You cannot afford to scrimp in this area because one wrong move or one unfortunate turn of events could at best have you not being able to engage in all the outdoor heart-pumping activity that keeps you going and at worst, you could injure yourself so severely that you might not ever be able to engage in any rigorous physical activity again.
So make sure to spare no effort in equipping yourself with all the protective gear which covers your physical safety.
Perhaps the negativity encircling the flinging-about of the “adrenaline junkie” label stems from a very real biological issue induced by the production of the adrenaline catecholamine. If somebody has just gone through a traumatic experience and they’re visibly shaken, why do you think the common practice is to hand them a glass of sugar-water? Well the secretion of adrenaline does come at the cost of your body using up a lot energy reserves (sugar) – energy reserves which would then naturally need to be replenished.
You don’t really need to down a sugary glass of H20 after every one of your sky-dives, however. All you need to do is make sure you eat a balanced diet and that you get enough rest along with enough hydration and your body will tap into nothing more than its natural resources to keep producing that addictive adrenaline.