Why Being Type A is The BEST and the WORST: Stress in the Workplace

Why Being Type A is The BEST and the WORST: Stress in the Workplace

Katie Maycock – Anxiety Specialist



“So, you’re a Type A Professional? Of course!

  1. You live for your job and you love the adrenaline rush that you get from being busy.
  2. You feel more productive the more work you have.
  3. You experience another level of mental clarity that comes from the hundred and one things you put on your plate.

Feel amazing, right? I hear you!

I was exactly the same. Waking up at 4 am to do work on a side business, heading to the gym by 5:30 am, jumping on the train at 7 am to get to my 9-to-5, doing a whole day worth of work in the morning and then coming home at 7 pm to prep for the next day.

Some people might not get that. They can’t relate. If you’re a Type A individual, that’s the norm.

Why? Simple. If you are a Type A person, you love feeling busy.

This is achieved through that feeling of running towards success coupled with the ever-persistent pressure of running away from failure.

It’s like a drug. It feels good. It’s truly addictive.

I remember I loved the feeling. I felt indestructible. I felt as though I thrived on my hamster wheel.

What a lot of Type A people don’t realize is that they are living in this constant Fight or Flight existence.

This response is a physical reaction that happens when we perceive harmful events, attacks, or threats to our survival. We have retooled our minds to transition encounters with sabretooth tigers into meetings with our bosses, deadlines and overall success.

Unfortunately, this transition has led us to re-frame stress into an absolute positive.

A successful Woolly Mammoth hunt is approximately equal to getting a raise!

The stress that is gained from surviving a Woolly Mammoth confrontation is now translated into our everyday work life.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I personally agree with turning a negative into a positive, but the real problem happens when the body can no longer keep up with that kind of workload.

We weren’t designed to have this kind of stress/anxiety for eight-plus hours a day, five to six days per week. It’s as if we’re getting ready to hold a spear to a prehistoric animal all day, every day.

Granted, that’s more Woolly Mammoth meat for your family and sports cars, but it’s taking its toll.

Living like that in the short term is fine but living like that long term is detrimental to your health.

Doing this month/s on end will take a toll on the body.

For many Type A individuals, they can live in this high stress/anxiety state for years, so when they start showing signs of illness they never believe it’s because they are stressed or anxious. More often than not, Type A people won’t even realize they are stressed or anxious until these health issues arise.

Our bodies are designed to make sure we can adapt, but with stress and anxiety, we consistently release stress hormones that have a massive impact on us.

These hormones can affect the way we digest food and metabolize sugars while lowering our immune response, playing havoc on our inflammatory response and messing with our sex hormones (and that’s just the short list!)

This is exactly what happened to me. I could spend months, if not years, riding that adrenaline wave, living off minimal sleep, feeling as though nothing could go wrong. Then my body caught up.

In my mid 20’s my health completely plummeted. I started having digestive issues, which lead to my joints swelling and by the end of it my hormones were completely wrecked. I had cold sores every second week and I was beyond exhausted.

This was the lesson I had to learn. Living like this was a choice.

These health issues didn’t happen overnight. It took years for them to manifest and it took me another three years to recognize the detrimental effects stress and anxiety had on me.

Stress and anxiety, to this day, were linked to the vast majority of my health issues and I had to own that.

I had to make better decisions on how I worked and what “rest” really meant to me. I had to choose to take stress and anxiety seriously. I stopped viewing my stress and anxiety as a positive, but as the cause of many different ailments in my life.

This is a lesson a lot of us need to learn. We need to evaluate our “busy” lifestyle and see if there are factors there causing health issues.

Take a break and ask yourself, is your health worth it?”

Beatrix A Schmidt

Beatrix A Schmidt

Sleep coach, speaker and author of The Sleep Deep Method.

Having struggled with insomnia and burning herself out in her mid-twenties, Beatrix spent the last 10 years researching sleep and learning that in order for us to sleep well at night, we need to look much deeper than just how tired we are and the amount of hours we sleep.

With her diverse knowledge in alternative therapies, business strategy and private healthcare, Beatrix successfully applies the best tools and techniques of her methodology in her private practice.

She works with a number of CEOs, Senior Executives and Entrepreneurs to help them optimise their sleep and overcome sleep issues such as insomnia.

She has been presenting workshops and talks both online and in person for a number of years. She is regularly asked to take part in panel discussions and interviews as an expert in her field.

Additionally to her client and corporate work, she  is a Delegate of the World Sleep Day to focus on raising awareness about insomnia and other sleep problems. She continues her research as a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine to learn more ways to help individuals with their sleep.

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Weekly Market Summary – 25th November 2018

Weekly Market Summary – 25th November 2018

Sean Burgess | PraxisIFM Asset Manager and Co-Founder Emirates HR

After the major tech giants, Facebook, Apple, Amazon.com, Netix and Alphabet – referred to collectively as the FAANG stocks – entered a bear market on Monday, down more than 20 percent from June highs. Despite the fall in FAANG prices, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index is the only major US index that remains in positive territory year to date, up 0.52 percent this year.


After the European Commission rejected the coalition government’s 2.4 percent target for 2019 that Italy say is necessary to achieve their campaign promises, such as introducing a universal basic income. The EC initiated proceedings during the week that would lead to a ne of 0.2 percent of the country’s GDP but could rise to penalties worth 0.7 percent if the situation is not resolved.


With October’s 19.9 percent rise in imports overshadowing an 8.2 percent increase in exports and fuelling a $4 billion deficit. Japan has been under pressure from a series of costly natural disasters and the US-Sino trade war that has impacted the export-heavy economy. Core inflation, which excludes food and fuel prices, rose 1 percent in October, half the central bank’s 2 percent target.


With the Shanghai Composite index losing 2.5 percent on Friday, as markets weigh up the meeting between US President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at next week’s G20 summit in Argentina. Investors fear that if this meeting ends without a reconciliatory agreement, then the two nations will continue to impose sanctions on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of goods.


With Brent crude down over 6 percent on Friday whilst the US benchmark closes in on $50 a barrel. Brent crude closed the week at $58.80 a barrel, over 30 percent off the $86 mark it hit just seven weeks ago. Leaders from Saudi Arabia and Russia, the two largest exporters of oil, are expected to meet next week at the G20 summit to discuss global production targets and the direction of prices in 2019.

Want to be more productive? Then do fewer things.

Want to be more productive? Then do fewer things.

Neelam Kaul – Global Leadership Coach

We can spend a lot of time being busy but not productive. It is easy to be busy, however to be productive requires much more thought, awareness and work.

You may have heard the expression, “busy fools” and it’s easy to get into a pattern of being busy, but not actually achieve anything. How many times have you been busy all day in the office yet your to-do list hasn’t gotten any smaller? Sound familiar?

We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how we use this time is the key to a greater work-life balance. After all, if we are productive at work, we will have more time and energy for activities outside work – especially at the weekends without any work hangovers infringing on our free time.

Here are 10 alternative habits that we can develop to be more productive:

1.  Trim your to-do list.

A starting point would be to reduce your to-do list. By taking a “less is more” approach to our to-do lists we actually accomplish things that matter. Concentrate on high value activities, ones where you actually add value.  Activities that move you forward towards your goals, needs and desires. Automate repetitive and recurring tasks by using apps or creating your own system.  When you write down fewer priorities you will achieve more.

2.  Observe the 80/20 rule. (Pareto’s Principle).

80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So, in the workplace 80% of your results come from 20% of your actual work. We can spend most of our time doing things that look important but are actually not that important on reflection. Take a step back, reflect and find your 20% and concentrate on that part.

3.   Learn to say “No”!

Don’t give away your time so easily and agree to do everything that is asked of you. If you don’t have time to commit to a project, attend a meeting or provide your input, explain that you are not available but do consider making a counter-offer and compromise. It is important to set boundaries and manage expectations but still be seen as reasonable and approachable.

4.   Focus on one task.

Focus your attention on completing one thing at a time – less of the multi-tasking. We can sometimes spend all our time zoning in and out of tasks. It is much more productive to start a task and complete it before moving on to the next one. Focus on one task and finish it to completion, rather than having many tasks started and nothing completed. Another tip while you are in this mindset is to group similar tasks together. Maybe time yourself, you will become more aware and more realistic of how long it takes to do particular tasks leading you to be more efficient when planning. Difficult tasks should be handled first thing in the morning when your mind is fresh. Once you have completed it and made progress you will feel motivated to do the next task.

5.  Limit meeting attendance.

Whilst some meetings are mandatory and unavoidable, check if your attendance is actually compulsory. Maybe you can delegate and send other members of your team in your place. Not only does this build trust within the team, they may also enjoy the variety and extra responsibility. Another option is to be included on the circulation of the meeting note so that you do not miss the key issues and action from the meeting. For meetings you must attend or conduct, try and have a written agenda.

6.   Learn to delegate.

Delegation when done in the right way can be very efficient. It is important to know when to delegate, how to delegate and who to delegate to – you can always be on hand to provide support. Also consider reaching out to other members of your team and accept and admit that you have too much on your plate. By reaching out, you are demonstrating to more junior members of your team that it is fine to ask for help and are leading by example.

7.   Cut out distractions.

We are surrounded by technology, whether it is mobile or email as well as co-workers who will have queries. Get into a habit of putting your phone away or at least turning off notifications and just checking from time to time. This will increase your concentration to get on with completing your to-do list. Better still, if you have a time sensitive deadline or project, find a room where you know you can just focus and not be disturbed.

8.   Reduce email notifications.

Check emails at various points throughout the day rather than having them distract you constantly, taking your focus and attention away from your present task. RAFT is a handy acronym many people use, Read, Act, File or Trash. Or the 4 D’s works equally as well. Delete it, Do it, Delegate it or Defer it!

9.  Take regular breaks.

In between tasks, stretch your body, go for a stroll at lunchtime, find a few minutes to socialise and build meaningful relationships with your co workers and team.

10.  Leave the office/Switch off.

You will find some days you are more productive than others. When you find you are really behind, it may be better to go home earlier, take some time to rest and come back energised for the next day. When you limit work hours your focus will improve.

Finally, don’t forget to take all your vacation days. Time away from the office recharges you and gives you a chance to spend time on productivity – boosting activities such as exercising, sleeping, travelling, outdoor activities and socialising.

Source :

LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/neelam-kaul-62a55b28/

Website : www.stressedinthecity.com

UAE public holiday announced for National Day 2018

UAE public holiday announced for National Day 2018

It’s going to be a very long weekend for the public and private sectors


The UAE has announced a double public holiday for this year’s National Day celebrations – and it’s going to be a very long weekend.

The public and private sectors will be given Sunday December 2 and Monday December 3 off as holidays, the UAE Cabinet announced on Friday night.

The 47th UAE National Day will fall on the Sunday, marking the date the UAE was originally formed back in 1971.

There are always loads of celebrations across the country, including fireworks, traditional dances and other events.

Dubai’s houses, public buildings and cars will be decorated with the national flag and images of the country’s leaders.

November 30, which is Commemoration Day (formerly known as Martyrs Day) is usually a public holiday as well, but no announcements have yet been made about that day by the UAE Cabinet.


Source : https://www.timeoutdubai.com/news/389360-uae-public-holiday-announced-for-national-day-2018

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