Working for a Type-A Boss can be a lot things….and fun ain’t one of them
In order to deal day in and day out with the Type-A in the corner office, you need the inner strength of a Mindful Warrior. The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of time, even just five minutes each day can get you started on the path observing what I call moments of awareness.
Tools for Coping with a Type-A Boss
‘Moments of Awareness’ is how I like to refer to the various forms of mindfulness practice, because that is essentially what they are. From 5-minute self-check-ins or a focused time of planning, to a more formal 10-20 minute meditation session… mindfulness practice can transform you from the inside.
The benefits to be gained by such a simple yet profound practices are many; from lowering blood pressure, and gaining insight into how your mind works, to decreasing the stress hormones that are dumped into your bloodstream every time your Type-A boss issues a new edict.
The articles and resources below will help you understand more about meditation and mindfulness and help you get started toward establishing your own five-minute daily mindfulness practice.
No, You’re Not Crazy; 3 Reasons Why Working for a Type-A Boss Feels Like You’re Losing You’re Mind
Working for a Type-A boss can be like working for a meth addict.
If you’ve ever crossed paths with a meth user in full-on tweaker mode, then you may have seen some similarities with your Type-A boss. Both are driven toward a goal like a locomotive charging off a cliff.
Your Workday Doesn’t Have To Feel Like You’re Living a Scene from ‘The Shining’
Life working around Type-A folks can certainly evoke some really strong reactions. Anger, feeling hurt, annoyance, and othe forms of upset are example often how we choose to respond to various stimuli at work and maybe even at home, on the freeway, or around our kids.
It’s almost as if we possess a negative-reflex-thinking mode that becomes our go-to response, triggered over and over again each day.
8 Ways Regular Mindfulness Practice Can and Will Change Your Brain
Mindfulness practice is a transformative practice. If you engage in eating ice cream five minutes every day, do you know what would happen? Your waistline would be transformed… and probably not in the way you’d want. 🙄
You wouldn’t see it changing each day, but over the course of a few weeks, you’d notice some changes.
That’s how it is with mindfulness practice.
After five minutes on the first day you might not notice any transformation occurring, but over a few weeks you’ll notice some significant changes.
How to Silence Your Inner Drama Queen
Yes, you’re a drama queen. But don’t take it personally or even negatively. I’m also a drama queen. The truth is, we’re all drama queens in some respect.
Some of us just take it new levels of existence. We whine about the weather or about how our iPhone isn’t as fast as it used to be. We wonder about why the family next door really needs five cars when only two of the four are licensed drivers. And that dog that keeps barking at 2 a.m., what kind of owners must the poor thing belong to? Honestly…
You see, I can list a bunch of whiny examples just like that. I actually list it as a special skill on my resume.
Sitting Quietly, Simply Being
A Simple Tutorial. When I meditate, I first do some mild stretching to release any lingering tension in my calves, lower back, neck, upper back, shoulders, and thighs. This can take up to five minutes to accomplish.
I then sit in the Burmese position (I find that age 54, it’s easier on my knees), fold my hands to form an oval with the tips of my thumbs lightly touching and keep my back straight and head erect.
Sometimes I close my eyes but I find this makes wandering thoughts not only possible but an express train out of the present moment. The present moment is where I wish to be.