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  • Lacey Glover

Stress reveals character.

Updated: Apr 4

What a busy couple of weeks it has been for me! Rock Star Massage is continuing to grow and expand, with many new possibilities on the horizon. Thank you again to all my readers for checking out each blog and telling others about it. One goal I have for the last quarter of 2023 is to grow my blog to 100 followers. That sounds crazy I know, but I must begin dreaming big again. I refuse to coast or stop! Do me a personal favor and share this blog with one person who would benefit from the information I bring you every other week. This week we will discuss different personality types and how they respond to stress.

I have learned people will show their true character when they are under pressure and stress. When we experience stress and frustration, there are a variety of ways to respond. Along my journey of discovering more about myself and why I am the way I am, I have found the enneagram system. This system has proven so valuable in helping me to improve my communication skills for both personal and professional relationships, especially in stressful situations. If you are interested in learning more about the enneagram system or taking the free quiz to find out your enneagram type, here is the link: Your Enneagram Coach | Free Enneagram Test, Courses, & Coaching!

A study in 2018, revealed stress does affect your personality. Now let me back up first. We, as humans, change or modify our behavior and personality to fit the social situation, but when we experience stress, our true character is revealed. Stress can be a “minor” inconvenience such as a fast-approaching deadline, or major, such as a traumatic life event. The study found that when reacting quickly you will choose an option close to who you are innately – selfish or generous. This reminds me of a couple great analogies: when you are in hot water (i.e., stress), do you become more adaptable, like spaghetti noodles or do you become hardened, like an egg? It’s the same boiling water with 2 different results. Neither result is good nor bad, just different.

A common misconception about stress and character, is that it is often said that stress builds character, when in fact, stress does not so much build character as it reveals character. As stated before, stressful situations will reveal to others, as well as yourself, insights into your true character and what makes you tick. It will also expose any opportunities for growth and self-improvement, especially in how you value others.

Chronic or prolonged stress can have a significant impact on your mental health. Some of the side effects of this type of stress are irritability, decreased productivity, withdrawal from family and friends, difficulty in communication, and even anger or aggression. Before you arrive at this chronic/prolonged stressful state or if you are there, you can take steps today to begin to change this unhealthy pattern. If you don’t know where to begin, reach out and we can develop a plan today to turn your journey along a positive path. Start with one good habit or activity that brings you joy!

Joy essential oil from Young Living is a blend created to enhance the frequency of self-love. I know I could use a little more self-love and positive vibes when I’m going through a high-stress season of life. If you are interested in experiencing this blend or any of Young Living’s essential oils, contact me to schedule a time to meet. I welcome the opportunity to coach you in your wellness journey by exploring how YL products can enhance this journey!

Whether this is your first time reading my blog, or you are a loyal subscriber, Thank you! I am so glad you tuned in this week! Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from this blog? Tell them to subscribe!

Have a blessed week y’all ~ Lacey


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