4 tips for taming a Type A personality

Take some time to chillax!
"Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are." -Chinese Proverb

If you're a high-achieving, action-addicted business owner like me, you know that at times you can be a bit uptight, tense and stressed. If you've been burning the candle at both ends and know that something's got to give-- this post is going to help you take the edge off and lighten up!

Let's begin by seeing if you're truly a Type A person:

Does this describe you?

- Impatient- Waiting in line is excruciating. You have a tendency to interrupt others when they speak. You like getting to the point quickly.
- Hyper-awareness of time- You move, talk and work at an accelerated pace. You usually think there's not enough time to do everything. Relaxing or sitting still feels like a waste of time. You sometimes shut off your laptop-- only to get right back online on your smart phone two seconds later!
- Super-competitive- You must win. Being first or the best motivates you most of the time. 
- Highly critical of self- You put lots of pressure on yourself and have very vocal inner critic. You're constantly critiquing yourself, your progress and results. Efficiency is highly important to you. 

If you're tired of your stressed out, fast-paced business lifestyle, now is the time for change! 

"Most of our stress comes from the fact that we feel like we have no choice. We make everything in our lives a “must” to complete. No matter how successful you are, when you have too many “musts,” you’re going to feel stressed.-Tony Robbins


So, reduce stress-- (while increasing productivity) with these 4 actionable tips:
  • Pump your breaks- "Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths" according to Etty Hillesum. Slow down. Don't eat so fast. Walk and talk at a slower pace. Allow people to complete their sentences. 
  • Pick your battles- Know when to let go. You don't have to win every time. You don't have to be right all the time. Dr. Wayne Dyer says, "When you have the choice to be right or be kindalways choose being kind."
  • Practice patience- Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." You don't need to spend your precious time being so focused on the future. Live in the moment. Believe that everything is unfolding for you at just the right pace. "Take no thought for the 'morrow, for the 'morrow will take care of itself." said the Christ.
  • Pursue peace- I know it's difficult to sit still, but you need to learn how to chill out! Learn how to meditate. Add prayer to your day. Surrender to the peace that already resides within you. Stop thinking so much-- realize that what you know isn't enough. Ask to be shown the way. Be open to the guidance you receive. 
  • Pause for pleasure- Take time to enjoy your life. When was the last time you had fun? What are some of your forgotten pleasures? Find time to savor the experience of being alive and well.
My invitation to you is to release the self-imposed pressure that keeps you constantly striving-- to the exclusion of everything else (including your relationships and self care). Relax a little more. Stress a lot less!

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