Trying to suppress a giggle, I went on reading this article. Yes another article from DOYOUYOGA.com; this time on 8 yoga tips for a Type A personality
Am I REALLY a Type A? It takes a concentrated effort to relax, yes- I have anxiety, [In the article it states that many people with Type A personalities are predisposed to stress and anxiety]
1) We don’t know when to stop. We have an abundance of (nervous) energy and misdirect it towards constant activity, of both the body and the mind. 2) We like things to be done right (ahem, our way). In other words, we like to micromanage every aspect of our lives (and sometimes other peoples too).
Sounds exactly like the article is talking about me personally.
Thinking back to my college days, I liked to credit myself with not caring. Not caring so much to the point of being 3 o’ clock AM and having to call my parents while having a major anxiety attack (I know, kinda oxymoran-ish, but that’s me). I may hold it all together during the day, and then totally freak out at nighttime thinking about how much that still needs to be done. I get work accomplished during the day, I just chose to enjoy my college experience also, that meant participating in a bunch of extracurricular activities, going out to Macado’s with friends, or hanging in other parts of campus/Walmart with friends and being social. My close friends would take my blow-off ish attitude as ‘whatever,’ because I’d say that a lot, and be happy-go-lucky, or appear to be. When my college friends were at my bridal shower, they said how ‘Whatever’ ‘my approach to whatever [my wedding planning] would be and how I would just go with the flow,’ and I was appalled to a point where I asked if that was REALLY what they thought of me? I could not believe everyone thought that I would just go along with the plans, when this was the biggest event that I have had to make decisions on, and it totally consumed me. As my wedding date inched closer, I realized the more that I had procrastinated on doing everything….
But that was then, this is now, so I need to remember to BREATHE, just like my husband told me today before he left for work. This morning, I woke at 6 ‘o clock
in the morning, having a bad dream/feeling in my subconscious that the clothes washing machine is broken and Matt keeps using it, so I held all my anxieties in for 15 minutes, and woke Matt up cussing about that stupid washing machine …so ya, I still freak out.
[MY CLOTHES WASHING MACHINE IS CURRENTLY BROKEN]
Have I changed that much from college? No, I couldn’t have, at the nursing home I’m happy and carefree also, and in social situations, with my friends or at the pool and I can relax and be goofy and carefree when I’m with Matt…its just when it comes to serious important things that I get to be a mess.
In this yoga article, it lists off 8 tips for yogis to mindfully practice: [but this can also apply to L-I-F-E]
- Slow Down …in life, we need to remember to just breathe
- It’s ok to skip a practice …if your body says to slow down and take a nap, its time to do just that
- Let go of goals & outcomes …this is a hard one, maybe just take life as it comes, but still have a flexible plan
- Be present …ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS stay in the moment! This will reduce stress immensely
- Release the need to micro manage…let it come to you …we all know that its not good to always try to be in control- try to “roll with the punches”
- Try a yin or restorative class …are there other ways of relaxation? just lay there and think about the traits that hold your happiness
- Practice guided relaxation techniques…music is a major stress reliever for me, or visual stimulation (looking at pictures of cute puppies, or relaxing vacation scenes
Life is easier to handle no matter the personality type