As a coach, I frequently find it helpful to remind clients they are animals. Our Enneagram habits have neurological pathways. And when we are stressed physically (tired, pressured, frightened, malnourished), our Enneagram habits become more pronounced. Apparently when we lack physical resources, we fall back on ingrained (prewired?) habits that take less energy. Instead of facing reality, we do what we learned young – our Enneagram patterns.
So one of the things you can do to reduce the powerful of your enneagram habits is take care of your body. Get enough sleep, eat real food, hang out with your friends — all the usual good advice can make a difference in how you copy with the parts of your Enneagram habits that are counter productive.