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Exploring the Enneagram as a COVID-19 Coping Tool

No better time than now to get to know yourself, right? At CORRAL, our staff finds great value in understanding each other through the Enneagram, one of the most powerful and insightful tools for understanding ourselves and others. At its core, the Enneagram helps us to see ourselves at a deeper, more objective level and can be of invaluable assistance on our path to self-knowledge. It is a personality typing system made up of nine interconnected personality types, which all have a different way of thinking, feeling, and acting. Understanding which type you are can help you gain self-awareness and help with self-development. Let’s get to it.

  1. Take this free test if you don’t know your number.
  2. Read detailed descriptions of your type.
  3. See the tips below to help guide your type throughout this pandemic.

Type 1: The Reformer

  • Follow the guidelines put out by the CDC and the WHO as best you can – knowing that you’re doing your part in flattening the curve can provide great comfort.
  • Create a daily schedule that you can stick to. This allows you to create some order out of the uncertainty that we are facing today and can provide stress relief.
  • Tutoring may be a great way to help struggling kids understand the material they’re learning at home. look into online tutoring jobs you may be qualified for or help tutor our girls!
  • Take a walk with a bag to collect trash in your neighborhood or favorite greenway/trail.

Type 2: The Helper

  • Try to connect with those whom you love virtually via Zoom or WhatsApp. 
  • How can you help your local hospital workers, delivery drivers, or other essential workers?
  • Donate grocery store and gas gift cards to the families of our girls who have been hit hard by this pandemic.
  • If you can sew, create face masks and donate them to various groups that are collecting them for hospital workers. Be sure to do a google search first so that you know the requirements for the mask. 

Type 3: The Achiever

  • Look for various tasks you can complete at home – learn a new skill, attempt a DIY project, try that new workout, or take a virtual class (Ivy League schools are now offering free online classes you can take in various subjects – it’s worth a Google search!)
  • Engage your friends and family in an online, competitive board or card game.

Type 4: The Individualist 

  • Create a bullet journal for you to document your daily experiences and emotions. Look up various examples of bullet journals to see how creative you can get with yours!
  • Try some meditation exercises to reduce any stress you may be feeling.
  • Go kayaking in an area that’s still open to the public or simply take a walk in nearby woods.

Type 5: The Investigator

  • Try taking some online classes offered by Ivy League schools. This is a great way to keep learning.
  • Try online trivia, puzzles, board or card games, or a new non-fiction book.
  • Take an online Wilderness First Responder course.

Type 6: The Loyalist

  • Keep connections open – don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend when you begin to feel anxious.
  • Try guided meditations.
  • Listen to new music or use art as an expression of your feelings. Check out this inspiring Ted Talk if you think you can’t draw! Try paint by numbers or an adult coloring book.

Type 7: The Enthusiast

  • Create different “days” for yourself during this time. You can create a spa day, a “water park” day (setting up a pool or a slip n’ slide in your backyard can be a great way to relax and burn off some energy), or even a baking day. 
  • Keep a list of new activities you can try every day to freshen up your routines.
  • Check out eventbrite.com, meetup.com or even Facebook to see if there are any fun, virtual activities that you can take part in.
  • Make a list of all of the places you’ve traveled to or bucket list items you’ve checked off and then create a new bucket list.
  • Go hiking in areas that are still open to the public or watch an outdoor adventure documentary!

Type 8: The Challenger

  • Try a new exercise routine or a new physical activity, like dance or yoga.
  • If it is allowed, go for walks or bike rides around your community. Be sure to follow all CDC guidelines and stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • Practicing meditation could be a great new way to dispel any negativity building up inside you. Try this short guided meditation.
  • Take initiative on an environmental issue to create positive change to benefit our ecosystem.

Type 9: The Peacemaker

  • Listening to new music is a great relaxation technique. Try Spotify’s radios, Pandora or Soundcloud.
  • Try gardening. There are great plant starter kits online that you can order, many of which are small enough to grow indoors!
  • If you can, get a pet! Caring for a small animal like a fish or a hamster is a great way to fulfill that nurturing feeling. Remember all pets deserve a loving and caring home. Please only adopt if you are willing to put in all the effort the animal needs.
  • Set up a hammock and relish spring’s new growth during this quiet time.

And finally, don’t forget to laugh at yourself and your type! Laughter induces a range of benefits, including preventing heart disease, lowering stress levels, improving short-term memory, boosting the immune system and making pain more tolerable. Check out this video for a good laugh about how our types are handling COVID-19! 

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