Give yourself the gift of tailored self-care using Myers-Briggs personality psychology

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Give yourself the gift of tailored self-care using Myers-Briggs personality psychology

Posted 14 December 2023 by
Melissa Summer
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It’s holiday time! Are all your travel plans scheduled? Have you set boundaries with family members? Is there anyone you need gifts for that you haven’t gotten or made yet? Did you even set a shopping budget for yourself? Who’s bringing dessert?

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to (let’s sing it) “the most wonderful time of the year,” you’re not alone.

According to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2020, 61% of people reported that they anticipated added financial stress during the holiday season. And the same APA survey found that 47% of people were concerned about the lack of time during the holiday season.

Additionally, it’s hard to keep up the same self-care and well-being habits when you’re traveling and celebrating with others (currently writing from a hotel room with a lukewarm coffee beside me and finding out the hotel’s gym is under construction, which was not mentioned on their website). The APA's survey in 2020 revealed that 56% of respondents were concerned about maintaining their health habits during the holidays.

And balancing work commitments and holiday festivities can also contribute to stress. Because even though we’d all love if EOD meant the end of December, you know that’s not happening. The survey found that 35% of respondents reported feeling stressed about work during the holiday season. And don’t forget about family relation stress, travel stress, and gift-giving stress. It’s a lot.

At this time of the year, because stress can be higher it’s that much more important that you take time for self-care, and manage your stress in the way that works best for YOU. Because our research has found that not all stress remedies work for everyone. In fact, there are certain things that stress one MBTI type that are a stress relief for another MBTI type!

Resting/recuperating during the holidays is also important before going back to work because if you want to perform better, you can’t be drained from holiday stress. It’s also important to prioritize self-care so you can feel your best no matter who you’re interacting with.

"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first." - Eleanor Brownn

If you’re like me, sometimes it can be hard to prioritize self-care because you feel like you need to take care of everyone else and everything else first. But it’s actually the other way around. The more you take care of yourself, the better you can provide for others. As Arianna Huffington (co-founder of the Huffington Post says, "self-care is not a waste of time; it's a necessary part of taking care of yourself so that you can be the best version of yourself."

And Christopher Germer, clinical psychologist, adds, "self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others."

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Still not convinced? Here are six reasons to take care of yourself and actively manage your stress during the holiday season:

  1. Reducing Stress: The holiday season can be hectic with shopping, parties, and various social obligations. Taking time for self-care helps reduce stress by allowing you to decompress and recharge. This can prevent burnout and help you navigate the demands of the season with greater ease.
  2. Maintaining Mental Health: The holidays may bring about mixed emotions, including joy, nostalgia, and sometimes stress or sadness. Prioritizing self-care supports your mental health, helping you cope with any challenges or emotional ups and downs that may arise during this time.
  3. Boosting Immune System: The colder weather and increased social interactions during the holidays can make you more susceptible to illnesses. Prioritizing self-care, such as getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and staying active, can strengthen your immune system and help you stay healthy.
  4. Enhancing Relationships: Taking care of yourself allows you to be more present and engaged in your relationships. When you prioritize self-care, you are better equipped to connect with loved ones, enjoy meaningful moments, and contribute positively to the holiday festivities.
  5. Setting Boundaries: The holiday season often involves numerous invitations and commitments. Engaging in self-care empowers you to set healthy boundaries and make choices that align with your well-being. Learning to say no when necessary helps prevent being overwhelmed and ensures you have the time and energy for activities that truly matter to you.
  6. Fostering Gratitude: Practicing self-care encourages mindfulness and reflection, fostering a sense of gratitude. Taking time to appreciate the positive aspects of your life can enhance your overall well-being and bring a deeper sense of fulfillment during the holiday season.

Self-care is a personal and individualized practice, so it's essential to figure out the activities that work best to calm and re-energize you.

Prioritizing self-care can contribute to a more fulfilling and enjoyable holiday season.

So, what works for self-care for each MBTI personality type? Let’s start with the basics: Extraversion & Introversion. Those who prefer Extraversion are energized and like to focus their attention on the outside world of people and things. If they’re spending time alone, it can be draining for them and they may feel the need to call a friend or get outside among the crowds to get their energy back. During the holiday season, things like long solo car rides or even flights can feel draining for those preferring Extraversion.

On the other hand, those who prefer Introversion are energized and like to focus their attention on the inner world of thoughts and ideas. If they’re spending time socializing with friends and family, it can be draining for them and they may need to get away from the crowds or have some quiet, alone time to recharge. Things like holiday parties or family gatherings can feel draining for those preferring Introversion.

What does our research say about what self-care works for which MBTI types? Take a look at the list below for our recommendations based on our research:

Stress remedies for each of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types during the holidays:









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