The best self care according to your personality type
Guest Post by Catherine Treme
Caring for one’s self is often times an underdeveloped skill. We live in a very productive, deadline-driven society. Ironically, our overly productive driven idea leads to decreased levels of productivity, according to recent studies. So what’s an alternative solution? Taking a step back and actually caring for yourself.
Everyone is different. We all have different preferences, life experiences, time schedules, and personalities. What is stressful for one person can be the most therapeutic stress reliever for another. So ‘one size fits all’ suggestions of self care aren’t always the most helpful. One way to figure out what the best form of self care for you would be, is to consider your personality type.
For those of you that are new to personality analysis, one of the most popular measures is the Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). It is a theory from a well renowned Psychiatrist, Carl Jung, that claims there are 16 different personality types with 4 different categories. The categories are in the following:
- How you get your energy.
- (E) The Extrovert=get energy from being around other people.
- (I) The Introvert=get energy from solitude
- How you prefer to process information
- (S) Sensing=You focus on the “here and now” present sensory details
- (N) Intuition=You focus on the patterns of situations
- How you prefer to make decisions
- (T) Thinking=Taking a look at the potential use of things when applied to a situation
- (F) Feeling=Taking a look at the particular person or special circumstance of the situation
- How you like to handle the outside outcomes
- (J) Judging= You prefer to take control of the situation and plan out your outcome
- (P) Perceiving= You prefer to stay open to new options and information
If you don’t know what your personality type is you should take your personality test here. Once you have it (or, if you already know your type!), come back and find out what type of self care works best for your personality type.
The best self care according to your personality type
1) The Defenders (Sensor-Judger)
ESFJ, ESTJ, ISTJ and ISFJ
What this pragmatic personality group appreciates the most, is seeing things get done in a practical and logical fashion. When life gets messy and irrational, it’s time for you to take a time out. Do something that involves sensory details and completing a simple task that you enjoy doing (i.e. completing a puzzle, taking a walk). It will revive you that you know that you are accomplishing something while getting your mind off of what was bothering you in a controlled environment.
2) The Adventurers (Sensor-Perceiver)
ESFP, ESTP, ISTP, ISFP
Rules and regulations are everywhere! Sometimes it’s almost unbearable how much rules and regulations dictate our lives. Rules are everywhere; whether it is at work, relationships or some arbitrary regulation of where you can cross the street. Does it ever stop? This personality group can get overwhelmed with regulations and rule. When you do, make sure to stop to take care of you.
Given the fact that you have a natural appreciation for adventure and sensory details, do something that involves just that. Go on an unplanned long hike, call up a good friend on the fly and go to the movies, etc. You get the picture.
3) The Dreamers (Intuitive-Feeler)
ENFP, ENFJ, INFP, INFJ
We live in a world that has cruel people and that cuts The Dreamer to their very core. Whether it is a toxic working environment, someone trying to hurt you in some fashion or your ideal being trampled on, either way, it burns and stresses you out to the very core. At this point, it’s time to take a step back and perform a little self-care.
Given the fact that dreamers are natural people-centered individuals you need to do something that involves other people in a relaxed and friendly environment to get backed into your centered, friendly self. Go out to eat with a good friend, journal your thoughts and feelings and just relax for a few minutes!
4) The Investigators (Intuitive-Thinker)
ENTJ, INTJ, INTP, ENTP
These visionaries must have a long term goal. They must see what they are working towards in a logical fashion. You need to be around intelligent individuals that you deem worthy of your presence. Dealing with lazy or incompetence will set you over the edge and put your stressors at an all-time high. This is especially true in dealing with your career.
Caring for yourself is challenging yourself intellectually and working towards accomplishing a long term goal is the utmost importance to your personality type. Make sure you are in a challenging work environment and you will thrive. Self care activities that challenge you mentally will be helpful: doing a puzzle, mindfulness etc.
Having a self care routine that works for you will benefit you emotionally, physically, and mentally. But, we are all built very differently and our self care routines need to be approached as such. Finding the right self care activities that suit your personality and preferences will go a long way in ensuring you follow them!
Our Confident Life Contributor
Catherine Treme is the founder and Chief Operating Officer of My Work Money Life, LLC. A Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology/Business Administration as well as her previous career path in Human Resources has honed her skills for the dedication of her professional life to helping others create a better version of them! The subject matters include (but not limited to) managing finances, relationships, career path or maximizing your strengths via your personality type.