Is it true that personality traits have an effect on your overall health? What if you are stressed out by nature? What does this mean for you and your well-being? Learn how to handle stress.
Your personality can, and actually does, have an effect on your health. People who find themselves high in conscientiousness—that is, “neat, organized, and achievement- driven”—enjoy better physical health. It’s most probably because they have the self-control to eat right and exercise regularly.
So what if that’s not you? Fortunately, you can improve your self-control by starting small. Self-control is like a muscle. It gets tired if you use it too much at one time but stronger the more you use it for a longer period of time.
However if you’re always nervous—well, you could be heading toward neuroticism, which, unfortunately, is linked to physical health problems and there’s a risk factor for depression.
But there’s still excellent news: Through meditation, exercise, social interaction, healthy diet, and other strategies, that stress can be managed. Each small steps into this direction leads to better health.