Want to get healthier as an enneagram eight? Let your enneagram number be your guide. Inside, I share the enneagram eight health tips that include an ultimate guide on how to get healthy based on your enneagram strengths and weaknesses.
How To Use The Enneagram To Get Healthy
It’s no surprise that everyone ticks a little differently, making health more than just a one-size-fits-all approach. What motivates, scares, and pushes you is very different yet critical in understanding what it will take to help you change. You can not expect what works for someone else will work the same for you because you’re not the same.
As an eight, the rules and standardized programs surrounding the health space can repulse you. The good news, you don’t need any program or rule to get healthy. You have what it takes. The key is learning how to work with your body and personality.
It’s what I love about the Enneagram. You add personality to what you do and why you do it. Plus, it’s invaluable in understanding specific action steps you should begin and those to stop doing, creating a more realistic plan suitable for you.
Today, we’re diving deeply into enneagram eights, breaking you free from the rebellion against the expected norm, which often leads to the rebellion against health, creating a picture of health that is true to you. If you’re an enneagram eight or know one, this could be powerful information in helping you achieve health and live a more fulfilling life.
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Enneagram Type Eight
Eights, you are the firecrackers of the enneagram. Know as the protector, you are a champion for people, standing firm in your beliefs. At your best, you are self-mastering, using your power to improve the lives of others through your steady inner drive and can-do attitude.
You have unstoppable energy that is one of your most valuable assets. Like all strengths, it can also become a weakness. When the energy builds up without a good outlet, you fall out of balance.
With your strong self-confidence, disciplined, and persistent personality, health can come quickly to you. Getting healthy takes channeling that energy in the right direction and with the proper posture. For an eight, that means it’s less about what you should and shouldn’t do and more about what is right for you.
To do this, understand what your body needs. Learn how to live with a deep sense of self-awareness. Then build a life that supports your health outside the health norms you reject. Use your strength, determination, and willpower to achieve what will bring you health—allowing you to become so confident that you can stay soft toward yourself and the world around you.
Ultimately using health as a means of coming home to yourself, living out of the whole of who you are, mind, body, and soul.
Today, we’re talking all about Enneagram type eight. As an eight, you function very differently than a two or a nine, yet you do it boldly and uniquely. If you’re an enneagram eight or know one, this could be powerful information in helping you achieve health and live a more fulfilling life.
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Enneagram Eight Health Tips
Eights, you resite int he gut-triad. The instinctive center gives you a deep sense of intuition and an intense energy to take action that can help drive you to reach your health goals.
At your best, you are self-mastering, using your power to improve the lives of others. With a steady-inner drive and a ‘can-do’ attitude, you take the initiative and make things happen with great passion.
You don’t like being told what to do, which is against the status norm for what healthy eating plans are. Typically, nothing but a set of rules.
Instead of playing against the rules, what if you found freedom by being your own health boss?
Health for you means understanding your body’s needs, preferences, and what it is trying to communicate to you. Instead of listening or rebelling against the healthy ways of the world, step into owning your body and working with it to make up a unique health plan that fits you.
Remember, there is no one perfect way to eat. The only ideal way is the way that is right for you. And you are in charge of that – only you can make the rules.
Let health be a way to control your future, not let health be in control of you.
Enneagram Eight Health Strengths
Eights are a force to be reckoned with. You stand firm in your beliefs and follow through with confidence most people envy. For an eight, health is about balancing energy. Instead of living all in or all out, living for right and wrong, focus on creating balance. Use your strengths to live out health, not manage it.
- Abundant energy
Enneagram Eight Health Struggles
Your “can-do” attitude and steady inner drive are invaluable strengths. You take the initiative and make things happen. But with that, you like to call the shots on your own life. You stand against being controlled.
But your strength can be a double-edged sword as you often take your health and stamina for granted – overlooking the health and well-being of yourself and others.
In time, your strength to be independent can lead you to rebel against basic health foundations and stand against the ‘diet norm.’ The good news is that you don’t need a diet to succeed at health, but you need a framework and foundation.
Instead of focusing on what you hate, take an interest in your health and determine your own course.
Take a tie to understand what your body needs, outside of the health norms you reject, and use your strength, determination, and willpower to achieve what will bring you health. You’ll feel better, more balanced, and grounded in the process, softening the harsh outer shell and exposing your true confidence.
5 Practical Health Tips for Enneagram Eight
Eights have a tough outer shell making you appear untouchable. But inside that shell is a softness that needs to be fostered in a safe environment to shine. This softness offers a sense of groundedness to an eight helping you fight for the greater good, not just for yourself. Use these tips to create a vision of health you can stand on.
1. Use Your Self Awareness
As an eight, you are highly aware of your body, but too often, you get caught up in the politics of the diet industry. You refuse to let standards be placed upon you, even though we all benefit from living on a foundation. In the end, you often fail to recognize you are the only one in charge of your body.
Instead of standing against the diet industry, use this information to create a personal vision of what health looks like to you. Then make up a list of rules not controlled by anyone but yourself. Let your body run the show.
2. Be Active Daily
Eights, you are some of the highest energy people. This energy needs to be spent. Too much energy causes an out-of-balance inside your body and mind resulting in unhealthy outcomes. You may experience this in anger or frustration.
Make daily movement a priority. What type of movement is up to you. Sign up for a fitness challenge, take a thrilling hike, or take a bike ride. Do something daily to get your heart pumping, releasing unnecessary tension from your body.
3. Create “Rest”
Rest isn’t something that comes easily to an eight, but it is crucial. While you might not think it, one of the healthiest things you can do is create space in life away from your work. It doesn’t mean you have to soak in a bath or sit and watch Netflix, but rest might mean taking a yoga class rather than CrossFit. It might look like a walk instead of another late night at the office. Set up boundaries for work and life and find active ‘restful’ activities to help you unwind.
4. Give To Someone Else
In health, you are very generous people. But generosity doesn’t come naturally. In stress, it can be a threat.
Take time to notice where you can give back. When you see the value, you’re more willing to take part. Whether it’s volunteering time doing what you love or writing cards to those people you love and appreciate. Give back and allow yourself to be filled in the process.
5. Implement a Stretching Routine
When you work out you are most likely to push yourself. Falling into the ‘no-pain, no-gain philosophy. It’s important to note that while your mind loves this, your body doesn’t always.
To prevent the common trend with eights – to push their bodies until they break – make nourishing activities a priority. Implement healthy techniques that can help you continue your intense work schedule. Try foam rolling or a 10-minute stretching routine. Do something to nourish your body, so it has more to give.
Bonus Tip: Do More Planning
Considering you have a lot of energy, you can quickly become distracted by a new passion or fight. Take time to make a clear goal and create a plan that keeps you on track, so you’re not as likely to stray from what you want.
The Nourished Planner is a place of structure and flexibility and a home to map your weeks, dream big things, plan meals, and even those activities that allow you to give back.
You can’t do it all, but you can plan what’s most important. Let the pages of the Nourished Planner guide you to do just that. Get your Nourished Planner here.
Want More Enneagram Eight Tips?
Enneagram eights, you have so much to offer and enough discipline to help everyone get healthy. The key is learning how to build a foundation that you enjoy and helps you thrive. Inside the pages of this ultimate health guide, I think you’ll find a framework to start building health. Download the guide and get to work building what you love.