This past week Clayton King wrote an amazing blog about the bodies chemical response to stress, and the consequences of all these chemicals being released so frequently.
- The body becomes addicted to “endorphins and adrenaline” over time. Your body craves them once it has become accustomed to having them. Pastors require more of them because we live in situations constantly that no one else can experience that require adrenaline;…We don’t even know it, but our adrenaline levels are through the roof most of the time. When they do come down, we feel depressed and discouraged and we need more. Some guys just preach again, others run or work out, and a few do crazy things to get it, like have affairs, embezzle money, or look at porn.
- Adrenaline (and endorphins) can poison the body. Like any good thing, too much is a bad thing. These chemicals linger in the body long after secreted and have to be processed and metabolized, leaving residual effects. Some guys don’t process them well or at all. Adrenaline becomes toxic when we don’t give the body proper time to metabolize the chemicals after they are released; i.e. we don’t rest after a big day and get right back to the work that creates more adrenaline while the body is still trying to clean out and process what’s still in it.