Enneagram 1 Self Care Guide

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Enneagram 1 Self Care Guide

In need of some self-care, enneagram 1? Read this blog for our guide to self-care for the enneagram type 1 so you can find your zen again!

Enneagram 1 Overview

The enneagram type one is called The Perfectionist. Your core desire is for things to be perfect.

Common traits of a 1 are…

  • Organized
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Responsible
  • Moral
  • Principled
  • Diplomatic
  • Idealistic
  • Discipline
  • Orderly

As a 1, your core desire comes from the fear that you are the only one in the world who will uphold perfection. Breaking the rules and winging it is likely not in your vocabulary.

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A Stressed Enneagram 1…

In stress, enneagram 1 takes on the negative traits of enneagram 4, The Individualist. The normally calm and orderly type 1 becomes hyper-critical and bitter. Instead of using their strong sense of idealism to create a better world, they become fixated on all the imperfections around them and aggressively try to fix them.

Another unknown sign of a 1 in stress can be impulsivity and irresponsibility, taking on the unhealthy aspects of the Enneagram 7!

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What An Enneagram 1 Needs For Self Care.

So what do enneagram 1s need when it comes to self-care?

First, a 1 needs to fulfill their core desire for order by organizing or upholding the harmony of the things that matter the most to them.

But Enneagram 1 also needs to embrace both their wings for their self-care too. Self-care for the enneagram 1s 2 wing means taking care of loved ones (including themselves) and finding peace and harmony for their 9 wings.

Don’t know your wing? Find out here!

To complete their self-care practice, an enneagram 1 needs to embrace the healthy traits of their growth numbers.

Stepping into more creative expression (, embracing the enneagram 4,) and embracing childlike play (, taking on the enneagram 7,) is extremely important for the enneagram 1s self care.

Self Care For Enneagram 1s

So without further ado, here’s our Enneagram 1 self-care guide!

1. Be Spontaneous

Embrace the healthy aspects of an enneagram 7, and make time to be spontaneous! Schedule your day of not planning if you need to but make time to think less and act on impulse. Take the day off of work, walk around, be curious, go into random coffee shops, experience newness, and be open to new opportunities.

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2. Embrace Imperfection

We love you for being the one who makes sure everything is perfect but we want to make sure that the tendency for perfection isn’t stressing you out. Invite friends over to try a new recipe, go for a run, and try learning something new.

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3. Journal

Types of ones are known for suppressing their anger and can benefit a ton from journaling. Try to write in-depth about what you’re feeling every day as well as write down your victories! Chances are, you’ve done more than you give yourself credit for.

Gift Ideas for Enneagram 1
Check out our gift guide for the Enneagram 1 before you go!

4. Create A Sleep Schedule

Being so on top of everything can be exhausting so create a sleep schedule that gives you the rest you need.

5. Quality Time With People You Love

Who do you feel best around? Spend time with people who make you feel appreciated for being you.

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6. Release Expectations

Not just for others but for yourself too. Release expectations for a day and see how much calm you feel because of it.

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7. Have A Calming Hobby

Type 1’s need hobbies or tasks that bring them peace of mind. What do you do that brings you a sense of zen? Maybe it’s gardening, maybe it’s yoga, maybe it’s reading. Whatever it is, make time for these things daily!

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8. Heart Chakra Healing

Enneagram 1s generally struggle with a blocked heart chakra, they feel it’s unsafe to love, forgive, nurture, and be compassionate because they were taught “vulnerability is weakness.” Heart chakra healing is extremely beneficial for this enneagram type.

Find out more about a blocked heart chakra here.

Enneagram 1 Self Care Crossword
Do this self-care crossword and share it on Pinterest!

9. Refresh Your Morning Routine

Do you love your morning type 1? Make your morning something you look forward to by cultivating a calming morning routine. Do something calming like meditation or just watch the world go by with a cup of coffee.

Need to release your anxiety? Check out this powerful anxiety release exercise on Pinterest!

10. Move Your Body

1s can benefit from daily movement to get their energy balanced and to get out of their heads. Whether it is yoga, running, or Thai Chi, incorporate daily movement into your self-care.

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11. Be Creative

Embrace the healthy aspects of type 4 and get into a creative flow! Creativity isn’t always painting if that’s not your thing. Creativity is the act of free-flowing creation. Movement can be creativity, building can be creativity, and get creative with how you are creative.

12. Meditation

Meditation can be intimidating but there is no reason to be. It’s the best thing we can do for ourselves! When we sit in silence, we allow any deep-rooted problems, emotions, thoughts, and more to come out of hiding to be healed.  

Do our Enneagram 4 Guided Meditation on YouTube!

13. Dance

Type 1, let loose and shun your inner critic! Be creative and expressive by dancing more often for your self-care! Notice how you feel as you dance, you can dance with someone or go solo.

14. Cultivate Self Acceptance

“Accept yourself, love yourself, celebrate yourself.”


So many 1s with self-acceptance because they are taught to believe in childhood that it’s not okay to be imperfect. This quote may seem simple, but hang it up to help you overcome your inner critic.

Watch this video on what makes Enneagram 1s angry and learn how to overcome your inner critic.

15. Read A Good Book

Making time to enjoy a good book can seem like a very basic self-care practice and that’s what makes it so great. Type 1s, if you’re trying to incorporate more self-care into your life, start by making time to read a book you’ve wanted to read.

16. Make Time To Breathe

Simply remembering to slow down and do nothing but breathe deep can be a huge form of self-care for 1s! Breathe and stay grounded in the present, and clear your mind to look at why you are tense in the first place.

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Enneagram 1 Self-Care Products

Now that you have plenty of self-care practices you can utilize, here are some self-care products you should have as an enneagram 1 that will help you make your self-care practice easy.

Enneagram 1 Candle

A candle is a great self-care gift as an enneagram 1. Get yourself this enneagram 1 candle.

Get this candle as a gift for an enneagram 1.

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Love Crystals Kit

Like I said earlier, heart chakra healing is extremely healing for enneagram 1s. This crystal kit has all the crystals you need to open your heart chakra and let the love in. This kit comes in a crystals box, a collector card for information on each stone, along a pouch for your crystals. Each crystal is one of a kind due to its formation in nature. Color, shape, and size will vary slightly, making each crystal unique

Click Here To Shop The Love Crystals Kit.

The Birthdate Book

Dive into the deeper layers of yourself. Get yourself this beautiful, custom book that illustrates your unique astrological birth chart! It has over 70 pages of detailed horoscope analysis, they uncover secrets and insights about your life and personality. Enneagram 1s, you’ll love the beauty and accuracy of this horoscope book!

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Perfectionist's Love Language Tee

This “My Love Language Is An Organized Dish Washer” Tee Or Hoodie

How many times has type 1 in your life criticized you for how you loaded the dishwasher? We’ve all been there.

An organized dishwasher is the ultimate act of love for a type 1. Show your enneagram 1 how much you know and care by getting them this tee.

This design also comes as a tank top, hoodie, sweater, and long sleeve in different colors if you want to get something cuter.

Shop the design here.

Best Self “Win the Year!” Bundle

I love the company, Best Self and Type 1s will love it too. Type 1s want to be as organized as possible. The Best Self Bundle comes with all of the tools you need to do just that! 

This bundle comes with 4, 3-month Best Self Planner + Journals, 3 Win The Day Note Pads to capture and celebrate your wins, and a weekly action pad to help you optimize your week and maximize your success! My favorite feature of the Best Self Journal is the daily inspiring quotes

The bundle also includes their Core Values Deck, and Icebreaker Deck, card decks to help you find your core desires and get beyond small talk.

Click Here To Shop The Best Self Bundle.

Chakra Healing Workbook

The Chakra Healing Workbook

Type 1s are always striving to be better people and feel healthier. They’ll love learning all about the chakras with this workbook! This workbook has journal prompts, mantras, activities, and information on the 7 chakras, which are energy centers in our body that help us feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally.

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Book For Enneagram 1 Self Care

Type 1s need to read the Banish Your Inner Critic by Denise Jacobs for obvious reasons. Every enneagram 1 struggles with an inner critic. For your self-care, 1s, read this book to live a life liberated from the harsh voice in your head. Banish Your Inner Critic will be your road map to a life of self-love.

Order Banish Your Inner Critic! here.

Song For Enneagram 1 Self Care

Listen to Nobody’s Perfect by Hannah Montana for your self-care… (It’s a great song for Enneagram 1s, honestly, but we’re kidding.)

Listen to Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars. Let the lyrics and melody of this song become the soundtrack to your life, reminding you of your inherent value. You’re amazing, just the way you are.”

Reminder For Enneagram 1s

Type 1s, remember that you don’t have to be the only one upholding perfection! You are perfectly imperfect like everyone else and we love you for it.

Screenshot this reminder and make it your wallpaper to embody your health as a 1!

Reminder for enneagram 1

Did we miss anything? Comment below. Tell us how you practice self-care as an enneagram 1!

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