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How Personality Can Surprisingly Affect Your Health

How Personality Can Surprisingly Affect Your Health

Personality is what defines us as individuals. Subsequently, it affects our paths through life and choices along the way. From professions and to partners, your personality type will have always played a significant role.

Many believe personality is nothing more than basic characteristics and features that differentiate us from others. But surprisingly, scientific studies have linked personality types with considerable health risks.

Studies organized by joint efforts between the University of Nottingham and the University of California suggest that personality types can shape our immune systems, as a deciding factor for diseases we are more prone to. Participants in these health studies were grouped and identified by a variety of common personalities. They discovered certain personality types were more likely to develop diseases, whereas others fought off the same viruses and infections more easily.

Using findings from these studies, it’s possible to curb harmful habits and live a much healthier life! There’s no need to try and change your personality, just take note of the associated risks and follow these specific health tips to mitigate them.

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4 Common Personality Types With Risks and Tips

1. The Extrovert

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    If you are an extrovert, you love to express yourself in a straightforward manner. You’re likely to be outgoing, social and energized by being around others.

    It’s good news health-wise, as studies found that extroverts have stronger immune systems! The number of genes in the white blood cell that trigger inflammation were found to be 17 percent more active compared to any other personality types. These genes that trigger inflammation will have a great effect on your long-term health.

    Associated Risks:

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    • Higher blood pressure
    • Increased risk of developing cancers

    Health Tips:

    • Limit your late nights out, ensure you’re getting enough rest overall
    • Restrict junk food and sugar intake as much as possible
    • Increase intake of vitamins and minerals by eating plenty of vegetables (especially leafy greens)
    • Boost your intake of antioxidants, try drinking matcha green tea daily

    2. The Agreeable

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      If you find yourself nodding along to avoid conflicts or are easily persuaded, you probably have an agreeable personality type by nature.

      However, agreeable personalities should also heed their doctor’s recommendations since they are more likely to suffer from health issues and short-term diseases. Since you are a pro at pleasing people, you are more likely to accompany friends and relatives as they indulge (and overindulge) in their own vices.

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      Associated Risks:

      • Increased stress, often caused by agreeing to requests you shouldn’t have
      • More likely to become overweight, possibly from giving into the over-generous nature of others
      • Increased risk of developing Diabetes

      Health Tips:

      • Learn to say no when you need to take care of yourself
      • Dedicate time to working on yourself only
      • Release stress by taking the time to relax your mind and body. Try a weekly warm soak in the bath with Epsom salts.

      3. The Worrier

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        Contrary to what you may be thinking now, worriers are not at as much risk of health issues as you may think. There are two broad categories of worriers; ones who are obsessively worried and others who are worried in a healthy way. Thankfully, most of us are on the healthy side!

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        Associated Risks:

        • More likely to develop mental health issues and diseases such as depression due to excessive worry
        • Increased stress from habitual worrying can lead to overeating, drinking or other unhealthy habits

        Health Tips:

        • Make sure you periodically calm and quieten down your mind. Try practicing Yoga on a daily basis.
        • Catch any bad habits and kick them before they take hold
        • If you start to feel down, remember to concentrate on the positive things in life

        4. The Conscientious

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          Conscientious people are generally more focused on life and always work hard to achieve their aim. If you are sensible and always try to look at things optimistically, it’s more likely that you will take good care of your health. However, conscientious personality types are often over workers and neglect their own health.

          Associated Risks:

          • More prone to chronic diseases and digestion related problems
          • Less likely to live a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise
          • Increased stress placed upon self to achieve

          Health Tips:

          • Make your health a priority or a goal to keep you focused
          • Eat foods such as fish, seeds, nuts and green vegetables to maintain a healthy diet
          • Give as much importance to rest time, as to productive time
          • Try meditating for a few minutes daily to remove work related stress

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          Last Updated on October 14, 2020

          Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

          Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

          Today didn’t turn out as you planned, but it doesn’t mean you’re weak. It simply means that you’re human, and you’re not bad just because you had a bad day.

          “Not everyday is a good day but there is something good in every day.” -Alice Morse Earle

          It’s not the end of the world when you find yourself thinking “I had a bad day,” but it can feel like it. You may have had plans that fell apart, experiences that set you back, and interactions that only did harm.

          You may have started the day thinking you could take on it all, only to find you could hardly get out of bed. When you have a bad day, you can forget to look at the good.

          Sometimes, self-care helps us to remember why we are worth it. It helps us to recharge and reset our mindset. It helps us to know that there are still options and that the day isn’t over yet.

          Love yourself today, no matter how hard it’s been. That’s the way to find yourself amidst the hardships you have. That’s how you center yourself and regain focus and live a more meaningful life. Give yourself some credit and compassion.

          Here are 7 ways to rebound from a bad day using self-compassion as a tool. If you had a bad day, these are for you!

          1. Make a Gratitude List

          In a study on gratitude, psychologists Dr. Robert A Emmons and Dr. Michael E. McCullough conducted an experiment where one group of people wrote out gratitude lists for ten weeks while another group wrote about irritations. The study found that the group that wrote about gratitude reported more optimistic mindsets in their lives[1].

          Overall, having a gratitude list improved well-being and made one truly grateful by counting the blessings in their lives.

          Write a list of what you are grateful for if you had a bad day. Make it as long as you like, but also remember to note why you’re grateful for each thing you write.

          What has given you the most joy? What has set you up for better days? Keep a tally of triumphs in mind, especially when you do have the bad days.

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          The day doesn’t define you, and you still have things of value that surround you. These could be material things, spiritual connections and experiences, relationships, basic needs, emotional and mental well-being, physical health, progress towards hopes and dreams, or simply being alive.

          Here are some other simple ways to practice gratitude.

          2. Write in a Journal

          Journaling affects your overall mental health, which also affects physical health and aids in the management of stress, depression, anxiety, and more[2].

          All you need is a pen and paper, or you could do an online, password-protected journal such as Penzu. The key is to get started and not pressure yourself on how polished or perfect it is. You don’t need to have prior experience to start journal writing. Just start.

          Write out everything that is bothering you for 15 minutes. This helps with rumination, processing problems, and can even aid with brainstorming solutions.

          However you approach it, you can find patterns of thinking that no longer serve you and start to transform your overall mental state. This will impact all areas of your life and is a great coping skill.

          3. Meditate

          Meditation can help you overcome negative thought patterns, worrying about the future, dwelling on the past, or struggling to overcome a bad day[3]. It shifts your mentality and helps you focus on the present or any one thing you truly want to focus on.

          Here is an example of a meditation you can do:

          Get into a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Rest your body, release tension, and unclench your jaw. Tighten and release each muscle group in a body scan for progressive muscle relaxation.

          Focus on your breath, taking a few deep breaths. Let your belly expand when you breathe in for diaphragmatic breathing. Empty yourself completely of air, then return to normal breathing.

          Next, focus on the idea of self-love and let it erase negative thoughts. Think about the ways you’ve been judging yourself, with the narratives coming up that your mind may create.

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          Give yourself unconditional love and release judgment. Take your time meditating on this because you matter. This is particularly important if you had a bad day.

          Check out this article for more on how to get started with a meditation practice.

          4. Do Child’s Pose

          Yoga Outlet says:

          “Child’s Pose is a simple way to calm your mind, slow your breath, and restore a feeling of peace and safety. Practicing the pose before bedtime can help to release the worries of the day. Practicing in the morning can you help transition from sleeping to waking.”[4]

          When you do Child’s Pose, it can be between difficult positions in yoga, or it can be anytime you feel you need a rest. It helps you recover from difficulties and relax the mind.

          It also has the physical health benefits of elongating your back, opening your hips, and helping with digestion[5].

          To do Child’s Pose, rest your buttocks back on your feet, knees on the floor. Elongate your body over your knees with both arms extended or tucked back, with head and neck resting on the floor[6].

          Had a bad day? Try Child's Pose.

             

            Do this pose as a gift to yourself. You are allowing yourself to heal, rest, get time for yourself, recover, and recharge. When you’ve had a bad day, it’s there waiting for you.

            5. Try Positive Self-Talk

            Engage in positive self-talk. This is essentially choosing your thoughts.

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            When you have a negative thought, such as “I can’t do this,” replace it consciously with the thought “I can do this.” Give yourself positive affirmations to help with this.

            Negative self-talk fits into four general categories: personalizing or blaming yourself, magnifying or only focusing on the negative, catastrophizing or expecting the worst to happen, and polarizing or only seeing back and white[7].

            When you stop blaming yourself for everything and start focusing on the positive, expecting things to work out, and seeing the areas of grey in life, you reverse these negative mindsets and engage in positive self-talk.

            When you speak words of kindness to yourself, your brain responds with a more positive attitude. That attitude will affect everything you do. It’s how you take care of yourself if you had a bad day.

            Check in with yourself to know when you are having negative self-talk. Are you seeing patterns? When did they start to become a problem? Are you able to turn these thoughts around?

            6. Use Coping Skills and Take a Break

            Use your coping skills. This means not letting your thoughts take control of yourself.

            You can distract yourself and escape a bit. Do things you love. You can exercise, listen to music, dance, volunteer or help someone, be in nature, or read a book.

            It isn’t about repression. It’s about redirection. You can’t stay in thoughts that are no longer working for you.

            Sometimes, it’s okay to get out of your own way. Give yourself a break from the things going on in your head. You can always come back to a problem later. This may even help you figure out the best course of action as sometimes stepping away is the only way to see the solution.

            If you had a bad day, you may not feel like addressing what went wrong. You may need a break, so take one.

            7. If a Bad Day Turns Into Bad Days

            “I believe depression is legitimate. But I also believe that if you don’t exercise, eat nutritious food, get sunlight, get enough sleep, consume positive material, surround yourself with support, then you aren’t giving yourself a fighting chance.” –Jim Carrey

            If you’ve been feeling out of control, depressed, or unstable for more than a few weeks, it’s time to call a mental health professional. This is not because you have failed in any way. It’s because you are human, and you simply need help.

            You may not be able to quickly rebound from a bad day, and that’s fine. Feel what you feel, but don’t let it consume you.

            When you talk to a professional, share the techniques that you have already tried here and whether they were helpful. They may tell you additional ideas or gain insights from your struggles of not being able to rebound from a series of bad days.

            If you’re having more than just a bad day, they will want to know. If you don’t have the answers, that’s okay, too. You just need to try these tools and figure out how you’re feeling. That’s all that’s required of you.

            Keep taking care of yourself. Any progress is progress, no matter how small. Give yourself a chance to get better by reaching out.

            Final Thoughts

            If you had a bad day, don’t let it stop you.

            Know this: It’s okay not to be okay. You have a right to feel what you feel. But there is something you can do about it.

            You can invest in yourself via self-care.

            You are not alone in this. Everyone has bad days from time to time. You just need to know that you are the positive things you tell yourself.

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