Let’s be real--rates of anxiety and depression are at an all-time high and we have seen an increase of stress since the pandemic.

Our ability to handle difficult situations and stress overall is lower than it was, which is why it’s so important to a.) talk about it and b.) find ways to manage our stress better. 

As I think about Stress Awareness Month, I couldn’t talk about how to handle stress without talking about the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a personality tool that has transformed the way that I understand, interact and communicate in both personal and professional relationships. 

Personally, as a Type 8, my expectations of myself and others are ridiculously high. My nightstand is full of self-help books and I have coaches in all the areas that I want to be better.

My relationships sometimes suffer because I always expect more or better, never accepting someone's personal best. It is a daily struggle to remind myself that everyone in my life is doing their best, and I need the love and companionship to meet them there without my expectations. 

Because of everything I’ve learned and the ways I’ve grown, I want to shout it from the rooftops so you can all benefit from it as well.

I know that we all manage stress in unique ways, but that our personality definitely guides what drives it. Managing stress in a healthy way is something we all aim to do so we first need to talk about what causes stress for each Type:

Type 1: Moral Perfectionist

  • Change of plans
  • Clutter
  • Chaos
  • Others not following the rules 
  • Unclear expectations

Type 2: Supportive Advisor

  • Feeling like someone doesn’t like them
  • Feeling unappreciated
  • Lack of response from friends
  • Being left out
  • Lacking connection with relationships.

Type 3: Successful Achiever

  • Feeling unaccomplished.
  • Not completing a task on time.
  • Being called out in front of people for what feels like a failure.
  • Lack of organization.

Type 4: Romantic Individualist

  • Having to follow a strict routine
  • Someone dismissing their feelings
  • Having too many obligations
  • Not feeling like their opinions or emotions matter

Type 5: Investigative Thinker

  • Last minute requests.
  • Personal space not being respected.
  • Too many social obligations.
  • Not having expectations clearly stated.

Type 6: Loyal Guardian

  • Feeling rushed.
  • World events & conflicts.
  • Sensing others are upset with them.
  • Unknowns and not having direct communication.

Type 7: Entertaining Optimist

  • Not having enough time to do something fun.
  • Too many distractions.
  • Having a long to-do list.
  • Regular negativity.
  • Missing out on a fun activity.

Type 8: Protective Challenger

  • Indecisiveness
  • Being micromanaged
  • Others not pulling their weight
  • Not being given all of the information

Type 9: Peaceful Mediator

  • Disruption in their routine.
  • Conflicts or arguments.
  • Having to make lots of decisions.
  • When they think someone is upset with them.

Has your interest peaked? Take the quick free test where you can find out your Type!

Are you ready for long-lasting profit and sustainable retention? We’ve got the tools for you through our Enneagram-certified Coach!

Coach Kate has changed the way salon teams and individual techs communicate. Join the IBG community.