In this hustling and bustling world, to understand how to survive the physical and mental rigors of our life, we should dig a little deeper and get down to the very core of it. First, there is one little yet very important thing we should know: it is not your stress-resistance that characterizes your personality and ability to counter difficulties. It is your reaction to stress that does!
Reaction to a stressful situation is individual. We can hardly admit the possibility of ‘choosing’ a preferred reaction. To a great extent, a person’s behavior under potentially dangerous circumstances depends on some inborn traits and the type of sympathic nervous system.
Type A or Type B?
Scientists point out two types of personality according to stress response: Type A and Type B.
Type A personalities often deal with episodic acute stress, which is often self-inflicted. Because of excessive competitiveness, these individuals spend most of their lives rushing in an effort to manage everything and outrun everyone. Type A people pursue their goals aggressively. They may lose organization as they take on too much work and responsibility. You cannot meet a dozen of deadlines at a time. Unable to cope with unrelenting pressure and frustration, they become irritable, anxious, intolerant, and develop hostility. Not infrequently, they end up with ruined relationships with others. The gravest consequence of this endless acute stress is proneness to coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, hypertension, strokes, and other cardiovascular disorders.
Type B individuals show behavior patterns that are quite opposite to Type A. They are less motivated and less competitive. They demonstrate moderate drive and ambition and are selective in terms of priorities. They do not rush for many things at ones and relax easily. Because they are much less motivated than Type A people, stressful situations give them apathy, and they give in instead of rushing to meet a challenge. These people tend to be more physically active than Type A individuals. A better ability to relax, higher restraint, more indifferent attitude compared to Type A people and physical activity make them less susceptible to cardiac issues.
Which type am I?
Have you ever thought about how you react to stress and why? If you feel you have grown tired and weary, developed apathy, or you have problems with your loved ones and friends, it is about time to determine whether you are A or B. There are tips for both, and they can help you get out of the dire straits.
Tips for “As”
For Type A people getting down to stress-relief techniques can be a challenge. Because you cannot change your personality, you have to use your strong will to do the following:
- Develop your individual physical exercise schedule and try to stick to it. Physical activity will take your mind off from your daily issues and give you some freedom.
- Writing and journaling can be a perfect refuge from stress, and can help you develop your own ways of moderating or eliminating it.
- Relax! There are hundreds of relaxation techniques, which help relieve stress. These include meditation, detouring (taking a longer than usual way to your office, home, etc.), yoga, aromatherapy, breathing techniques, etc. Definitely, you have wished you could go somewhere thousands of times instead of rushing for another deadline. Go for it!
- Listen to music. Once you choose your favorite tune, it will take you far away from your nagging daily businesses and give you a bit of fresh air.
Tips for “Bs”
Type B people always need a push to change things for the better. The best thing you can do is learn to push themselves.
- If you know what you need to do and how to do it, do it right now without putting it off!
- Do not be afraid to use your creative potential. Mobilize all your talents for a good thing and get the strongest sense of satisfaction ever!
- Track your progress and try to keep up with yourself!
- Do not crave for perfection. Once you complete a thing, share it with others. You will have time to fix all your drawbacks!
- Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Even if what you have done is far from perfect, you will gain lot more respect than if you choose to keep it back.
Hopefully, this information and tips will help you figure out your type of personality. Please, if you see you are Type A – do not rush and read it carefully. If you are Type B, do not be lazy and read it through. Just match it to your life and see how you usually react to stress.Your Stress – A or B?