The Enneagram and self-care during social isolation

Type 1: The Reformer

  • Schedule a “time of fun” with activities that allow you to let go of the need for perfection, like an activity you enjoyed as a kid, baking or painting
  • Journal out your thoughts of self-critique, bringing them to God to replace with His truth
  • Spend unstructured time outside and let yourself just be
  • Organize spaces in your house to make order from chaos

Memory verse:

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

Book suggestion:

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Type 2: The Helper

  • A daily check-in, asking God, “What do I need to feel rested and satisfied in You today?”
  • Sit and admire creation through a walk in the woods
  • Let people love you and bless you in return
  • Schedule a guilt-free “you” time — reading, baking or doing something you genuinely enjoy
  • Set up a time to chat with a good friend that will help bring refreshing conversation

Memory verse:

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” -Matthew 10:30–31

Book suggestion:

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud

Type 3: The Achiever

  • Schedule a screen-free hour in the morning, to allow yourself to ease into your day with prayer, scripture and quietness
  • Plan a “no plan” day, taking the day as it comes without the need to be productive
  • Plant a garden and tend to it daily as a way of practicing patience
  • Slow your heart and mind by meditating on scripture through apps like Abide

Memory verse:

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” -1 Peter 2:9

Book Suggestion:

Scary Close by Donald Miller

Type 4: The Individualist

  • Create a gratitude journal and practice asking God, “What do I have to be thankful for in this situation?”
  • Schedule physical activity every day to help you get out of your head
  • Paint, draw, sketch, write — don’t neglect all those lovely creative outlets that bring you life
  • Create rhythms and routines in your day to help ground you

Memory verse:

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” — Psalm 139:14

Book Suggestion:

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren

Type 5: The Observer

  • Daily workout routine to help get out of your head and into your body
  • Scheduled phone call with a close friend to make sure you are staying connected
  • Inductive Bible Study to help you connect with God in a way that challenges you mentally
  • Time of solitude with Scripture mediation apps like Abide

Memory Verse:

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” -Psalm 55:22

Book Recommendation:

The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning

Type 6: The Loyalist

  • Take media breaks from the news and from social media to help your heart rest from fear
  • Make lists of what you can’t control to surrender to God, and lists of what you can control for yourself
  • Find a relaxing hobby that allows you to calm down and be present with the task you’re doing
  • Memorize and post scriptures around your home that remind you of God’s faithfulness in the past, and His faithfulness in the present and future. Having truths surrounding you will help you feel grounded when you feel shaky.

Memory verse:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

Book Recommendation:

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Type 7: The Enthusiast

  • Under schedule your days to help you slow down
  • Make “now” lists of new things you want to try while you’re at home to prevent you from anxiously anticipating future events
  • Practice silence and solitude to help you quiet your heart before the Lord each day remembering that His presence is enough
  • Finish tasks that you’ve previously neglected because of distraction
  • Listen to music that helps you connect to the emotions you feel but may be suppressing

Memory verse:

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” -Psalm 34:10

Book Recommendation:

Love Does by Bob Goff

Type 8: The Challenger

  • Sleep in one day a week
  • Practice emotional vulnerability with God and with others
  • Morning stillness time without music, television or any other distractions
  • Schedule a heart-to-heart with a trusted friend to practice being vulnerable

Memory verse:

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” -Deuteronomy 31:8

Book Recommendation:

Restless by Jennie Allen

Type 9: The Peacemaker

  • Get fresh air every day by stepping out into nature
  • Journal your thoughts, feelings and hopes out in prayer once a day
  • Start a bible reading plan to help you stay committed and focused on communing with God throughout your week through apps like Read Scripture.
  • Create an evening routine to make sure you are giving yourself time to wind down

Memory verse:

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”- 2 Timothy 1:7

Book Recommendation:

Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton

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