In need of some self care, enneagram 2? Read this blog for our guide to self care for the enneagram type 2 so you can find your zen again!
Enneagram 2 Overview
The enneagram type two is called The Helper. Your core desire is to help and be of service others.
Common traits of a 2 are…
- And Attentive
As a 2, your core desire comes from the fear that if you don’t devote yourself to helping others, you are unworthy of love. Being selfish and expressing yourself don’t come naturally to you.
A Stressed Enneagram 2…
In stress, the enneagram 2 takes on the negative traits of the enneagram 8, The Challenger. The normally kind and caring type 2 becomes aggressive and blunt.
Instead of serving from a place of pure love, they help with the expectation to get approval in return. And when they don’t get that, the enneagram 2 becomes upset and represses their needs even more.
Another unknown sign of a 2 in stress can be martyrdom and playing the victim, taking on the unhealthy aspects of the Enneagram 4!
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What An Enneagram 2 Needs For Self Care.
So what do enneagram 2s need when it comes to self care?
First, a 2 needs to fulfill their core desire of service by helping out others without expectation of reciprocation or validation.
But the enneagram 2 also needs to embrace both their wings for their self care too. Self care for the enneagram 2s 1 wing means keeping their mind and space organized and achieving goals for their 3 wing.
And to complete their self care practice, an enneagram 2 needs to embrace the heathy traits of their growth numbers.
Stepping into more creative expression (,embracing the enneagram 4,) and practicing healthy leadership (,taking on the enneagram 8,) is extremely important for the enneagram 2s self care.
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Self Care For Enneagram 2s
So without further ado, here’s our enneagram 2 self care guide!
1. Sit In Nature
Make space to be with your thoughts and clear your head, type 2. Practice sitting in nature for your self care! you are naturally in tune with all the feelings of others, sitting alone in nature will help you get in tune with your own emotions clear your head.
2. Practice Authenticity
Because 2s are part of the shame triad, they struggle with feelings of unworthiness and can struggle with authenticity. For 2s self care practice, make an effort to get in touch with your authentic self. This could be in everyday interactions, at a coffee shop, or in close connections, practice authentic self expression.
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3. Fill Your Tank
As a 2, you naturally forget to take care of yourself, you forgo your needs. See if you can make time to do things that support yourself and fill your own tank every day.
4. Do Something New
Get out of your normal habits to discover more aspects of yourself (,your type 4 growth). Do new things! Go to a new place, try a new sport, make your brain create new neural pathways.
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5. Healthy Meals
When an enneagram 2 is in stress, they forget to tale care of their basic needs. A simple self care practice for enneagram 2s is cooking healthy meals for themselves!
6. Take Care Of Your Koshas
The koshas in yoga philosophy are the 5 layers of our being. Using the koshas as a framework for your self care can be extremely helpful for enneagram 2s. Are you taking care of your physical body, your energy, your emotions, your mind’s, and your connection to source/god/universe?
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Enneagram 2s can highly benefit from journaling. Journaling helps them get in touch with their own thoughts and feelings. Get in the habit of journaling your emotions daily, recognize what’s going on internally, and respect whatever you feel. Get comfortable with having feelings, you’re not a robot and shouldn’t expect yourself to be.
Write down what you did do for people and if you did it out of love rather than hoping for affirmation. Also, make an effort to do a daily check-in and ask yourself “What do I need today?”
8. Sacral Chakra Healing
The sacral chakra rules our creativity, individuality, and sense of self worth. All things Enneagram 2s struggle with! for a type 2s self care, do some sacral chakra healing.
9. Surround Yourself With Animals
Im my experience with the type 2s I’ve met, all of them seem to find animals extremely comforting. If this is the case for you, then make time to be around animals for your self care! Hang out with your pet or go to a petting zoo and embrace your inner child.
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10. Serve Through Leadership
Embrace the health aspects of the type 8 and embrace your core desire by finding a space to be a leader. This could be guiding a class or an expedition or running a group. Something that allows you to be your creative, compassionate, and unique self without having to be overly empathetic. Own your inner leader that you can be and feel the fulfillment you get from allowing yourself to lead.
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11. Be Creative
To embrace your 4 growth, practice creativity! Find your creative outlet and practice self expression for your self care. 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, get creative with how you be creative.
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.
13. Practice Asking For Help
2s struggle to say “no” to others and ask for help when they need it. For your self care, practice asking for what you need, even if it’s small. Do this especially in communication with others! If you don’t understand what someone is saying, ask them to rephrase it so you can understand them. Or if you feel like the person you are talking to isn’t understanding you, ask them to listen as you repeat yourself.
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Remember to make time to retreat into your mind and get away from the energies of others. Take small “isolation vacations” to check in with what you need and connect with who you are when you aren’t being the helper.
15. Check Your Values
Embrace your enneagram 1 wing, check in with what you believe is right and wrong. How do you act from these morals? How could you better act in alignment with them?
16. Set Goals
And finally, to embrace your 3 wing, set goals. This doesn’t have to be a work goal. What is a challenge with a measurable result you could achieve to boost your confidence and be proud of yourself?
Enneagram 2 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 2 that will help you make your self care practice easy.
Enneagram 2 Candle
I love these candles, especially the name they choose for each candle. Every candle title represents the message that enneagram type longs to hear. Type 2s, you are WANTED. They also include an action step to take on the back of the candle
Create Crystals Kit
A 2s growth is to embrace the creative and empowered type 4. This crystal kit will help type 2s embrace more creativity, confidence, and even help with manifestation. So get this crystal kit for your self care 2s!
Enneagram 2, The Helper Journal
Looking for a new journal for your morning ritual, mindfulness practice, or self discovery journey? Get this Enneagram 2, The Helper lined journal that matches the type 2s vibe! This journal is available as a hardcover and paperback.
This Loving Kindness… But Damn Hoodie
Get yourself a new hoodie as a form of self care. Wear it when you’re feeling down and let yourself feel comforted. Type 2s strongest trait is their endless love, compassion, and kindness. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to dish out. Because damn, people are dumb, selfish, and draining at times.
True Leaf Deluxe Microgreeens Starter Kit
Type 2s really do love to nurture and grow things! With this complete microgreen starter kit, you can learn to grow numerous healthy microgreens from home! A perfect addition to the enneagram 2s self care.
Best Self Impact Deck
Every type 2 should try this deck. The Best Self Impact deck brings you daily affirmations, prompts, or actions to help you be your best self and leave an impact on the world. 2s, get this deck to inspire your self-development and take care of yourself!
Book For Enneagram 2 Self Care
Type 2s need to read the Ask by Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen. This book teaches you that you can have anything you want, all you have to do is ask. Mark and Crystal share stories and invite you to reflect with prompts so you can learn to ask the right questions to start living the life of your dreams.
Song For Enneagram 2 Self Care
Listen to I’m Not For Everyone by Brothers Osborne for your self care. Let this songs lyrics and melody become the soundtrack to your life, reminding you to be yourself above all else. “I’m good for some, but I’m not for everyone.”
Reminder For Enneagram 2s
Type 2s, remember that you are loved for who you are! Not just what you do.
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Did we miss anything? Comment below, tell us how you practice self care as an enneagram 2!
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