The way you handle stress is influenced by your personality, and you may not even realise it.
Some people are able to handle stress levels that others would find unbearable.
Our responses to stress are a mix of inherited traits and lessons we’ve picked up along the way.
Stress has an effect on everyone; the only difference is how much stress you can take before developing symptoms.
There are some people who appear to be “bombproof” and can handle a wide range of stressful situations, but even they will eventually succumb to the pressure.
Like a water barrel filled to overflowing, stress builds up in our daily lives until symptoms appear.
You’ll be able to deal with stress better no matter what your personality type is if you think of yourself as a water barrel that needs to be opened every now and then so that the stress can flow out.
How do you lower the pressure by turning on the ‘tap’?
Your personality will dictate which method of stress reduction works best for you.
Relaxation and meditation may be the best way to relieve stress for some people, but it must be practised on a regular basis to be effective.
Other people prefer to participate in high-intensity sports.
Your personality and general outlook on life will determine whether you choose to unwind or work out.
Stress-related illnesses are common, and emotional problems caused by poorly controlled stress levels can affect us all, whether we are the sufferer ourselves or affected by a close colleague, friend, or relative’s problem. One thing is certain: we all need to keep an eye on our stress levels and work consistently to reduce them.
Find out which personality type you are most like by using the following checklists.
If you’re an obsessive-compulsive:
- The obvious conclusion is that you can’t leave anything to chance.
- You’ll want to start over if you make even the smallest mistake.
- You’re not a fan of having your routine thrown off.
- When others fail to do their jobs correctly, you become enraged and may take over, which increases your workload.
- Regardless of how long it takes, you can’t rest until the job is done to your satisfaction.
- Superhuman standards are the norm for you in all of your work.
- In times of crisis or transition, you have a poor sense of self-awareness.
Those who are too hard on themselves are causing their own stress.
They need to be more self-aware and forgiving of their shortcomings.
Simply allowing yourself some downtime and incorporating leisure activities into your daily schedule will likely prove beneficial.
What to do if you’re bored?
- You’re a risk-taker at heart.
- This bores you to tears.
- You despise the same old thing.
- Starting a new project is a breeze for you.
- It’s rare that you see a project through to the end.
- The tiniest of details eat up your valuable time.
- You’ve got a lot of thoughts running through your head.
- It’s difficult for you to keep a long-term relationship going.
Risk-taking is a way of life for people like this.
They’re the thrill-seekers, the daredevils, the adrenaline junkies.
As they move on to the next thing, their attention span may be short.
These people tend to overindulge in alcohol or cigarettes and neglect their own well-being.
These people can often benefit from getting their energy out by participating in sports that are fast-paced and high-intensity.
If anxiety is a problem for you, here are some suggestions:
- In your opinion, others are taking advantage of you.
- Minor differences of opinion irk you.
- Though you know it would benefit you, you are probably too afraid to make a change.
- You’re lacking in self-assurance.
- You’re afraid of being hurt.
- Even if you didn’t do anything wrong, you’re quick to apologise.
- You’ve managed to conceal your rage so well that not even you are aware of its presence.
- It’s impossible to say “no.”
- You’re worried about being disliked.
This group has a low opinion of themselves.
They frequently take on jobs that aren’t challenging enough, which leads to a sense of frustration and boredom.
They can miss out on experiencing life to the fullest because they spend so much time avoiding it.
In order to help this group, relaxation and meditation should be paired with self-esteem building techniques.
If you’re looking to boost your self-esteem, just a few hypnotherapy sessions could make a huge difference.
Do this if you’re a self-starter:
- You’re completely devoted to any project you get your hands on.
- You’re a stickler for completing tasks.
- You believe that unwinding is a waste of your precious time.
- Even when you’re asleep, you’re thinking about work.
- I prioritise my career over my social life.
- You frequently find yourself juggling multiple tasks at once.
- You can devote all of your attention to the task at hand and not worry about anything else.
- Meal times may slip your mind.
- It’s frustrating when people get in your way or slow you down, causing you to get impatient.
- As if every task has a deadline and there is never enough time to complete it.
- It’s critical that others recognise your accomplishments.
These people tend to be the most stressed out, but they’re also the least likely to take action!
They deny that they are stressed and keep going until they are forced to stop due to illness.
It’s not uncommon for these people to become aggressive when they feel they’ve been taken advantage of.
They must have the upper hand.
Maintaining a regular schedule that includes time away from work-related activities can help here, as can a combination of relaxation and active leisure pursuits.
Assessment of your own personality traits:
In other words, you could be more than one thing at a time.
The more you know about yourself, the easier it will be to find a sense of balance, harmony, and understanding.
Fear drives all of these personality types, and stress is the response to fear.
If you recognise yourself in any of these statements, take action right away to begin making the necessary adjustments to your life so that you can enjoy it more.