Are you known to be someone who’s always in the hurry? Do you often find yourself stressed out? These are just 2 indicators of a Type A personality and research suggests that if you fall under this category, you are prone to developing heart diseases. How so?
Here are the proofs:
- Being a perfectionist, you demand and require everything and every person in your department to do their jobs to the T that an “i” without a dot sends distress alarm to your system. Every little detail that you can’t let go elevates your heart rate and frequent occurrence of such puts you at higher risk of acquiring hypertension
- Your inability to loosen up will make you a slave for carbohydrate-rich foods, booze, and cigarettes, which are the main culprits for increasing bad cholesterol, and becomes an unhealthy pattern
- Because your brain is so wired-up, it causes many sleepless nights and to compensate your lack of sleep, you load up with energy-boosting sugary doughnuts, chocolates, and whatnots
- Overtime and working during weekends can also increase your risk of acquiring heart diseases and other health issues because you are literally putting your heart to more pressure when it should be relaxing
- Frequent socializing and schmoozing for office politics because of your ambitiousness and competitiveness can wreck your diet and clog your arteries
- Your inability to adapt to changes can bring out the monster in you, which brings up your chances of getting coronary heart disease
- Type A personality when combined with Type D, which is a constant worry-wart, double your chances of emotional eating because you are unable to control your emotions and anxieties
While having a Type A personality does not seal your fate to heart disease, it can definitely play a role in increasing your chances of getting it. This is why you constantly see TV shows where people end up dying of stroke after receiving some stressful news because you don’t know how far or how long your heart can sustain the stroke.
Hence, a lifestyle change is greatly needed. You don’t always have to be competitive and high-strung. Often times, you perform your best when you stop caring about what people would think about you or your life; in other words, when you take the pressure off of your chest, you do your best.
The world isn’t going to end if you took things a little less seriously and a little more relaxed whether you are a CEO, lawyer, teacher, or mother.