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Navigating Perimenopause: Discover Your Stress Personality Type for a Happier Life

Are you sailing through the seas of perimenopause or menopause, battling symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and exhaustion?

If so, you are not alone.

The journey through this transitional phase can be a rollercoaster ride, especially when stress throws its curveballs.

In this episode, we embark on an empowering voyage with the remarkable CJ Rivard, an energy alignment coach, and emotional intelligence consultant.

Together, we will explore the fascinating realm of the 4 personality types and the DISC concept, discovering how they can be your guiding light to ease the stress and avoid exacerbating any physical challenges during the transitional phase.

We'll be diving deep into the power of self-understanding and its role in stress management, with a particular focus on women experiencing perimenopause or menopause.


Understanding the 4 DISC Personality Types and Their Trigger Points

As women in perimenopause or menopause, it's essential to recognize that stress can be a formidable adversary, messing up your hormonal balance and worsening the physical and emotional challenges you face.

Understanding personality types, particularly through the practical DISC concept, can provide us with a treasure trove of insights to navigate these trials with resilience and grace.

This DISC categorizes individuals into four primary personality types, each with distinct characteristics and tendencies. Understanding these personality types can help you navigate your relationships and manage stress more effectively. 


What is Your Personality Type?

Let's find out what your personality type is and how you may get triggered in certain situations.


D Personality Type - Dominant:

CJ Rivard: "D stands for Dominant, and boy, do these folks love taking charge! But hey, stress knocks on their door when they can't be in control or feel like they're losing it. Taking charge is their jam, but trust me, they don't want to be taken advantage of either."

Host Miyako: "Absolutely! It's like a dance between empowerment and preserving their boundaries. Being in control is great, but let's not forget about trusting others too."

These individuals are natural leaders, assertive, and focused on results. They thrive on taking charge of situations and making decisions quickly.

However, their strong desire for control can lead to stress when they encounter situations where they feel powerless or unable to influence the outcome.

Being taken advantage of or feeling like they are losing control can also trigger stress in D types.

D Stress Trigger Points:

  • Lack of control or being unable to influence a situation
  • Fear of being taken advantage of
  • Loss of control in unfamiliar or new environments 

I Personality Type - Influencer:

CJ Rivard: "The 'I' in Influencer is all about that social charm. They light up a room and have a gazillion friends! But wait, if they feel left out or unheard, stress levels rise. Let's keep the party inclusive!"

Host Miyako: "For sure! They're the life of the party, and feeling excluded is like a party pooper. Let's make sure they're always part of the conversation!"

They love to be the center of attention and have a wide circle of friends. These individuals get stressed when they feel excluded or left out of conversations or decisions.

Being unheard or not being part of the social dynamics can trigger stress in I types.

I Stress Trigger Points:

  • Feeling excluded from or not being heard in a conversation
  • Being left out of social gatherings or activities
  • Lack of attention or recognition in social settings

S Personality Type - Steady:

CJ Rivard: "Ah, the 'S' stands for Steady, and they're all about harmony and stability. But quick, unexpected changes? Stress alert! Let's give them the support they need."

Host Miyako: "Absolutely! A little heads up on changes can make a world of difference. Smooth sailing is the key!"

They value harmony and are good team players. However, their aversion to sudden or unexpected changes can cause stress.

S types prefer stability and predictability, so quick and unanticipated changes can trigger stress in these individuals.

S Stress Trigger Points:

  • Quick and unanticipated changes in their routines or plans
  • Feeling rushed or pressured to make decisions without enough time to analyze and adapt
  • A sense of instability or lack of support in their environment

C Personality Type - Compliant:

CJ Rivard: "Compliant personalities are analytical wizards! Detail-oriented and perfectionists. Rushing through tasks or decisions? Major stress signal! Let's give them the time they need to work their magic."

Host Miyako: "You bet! When it comes to quality work, patience is a virtue. Let's embrace their precision!"

They excel in organizing and maintaining systems.

Stress is triggered in C types when they are forced to rush through tasks or decisions without sufficient time to analyze and gather all the necessary information.

They value high-quality work and perfection, and being unable to meet those standards can cause stress.

C Stress Trigger Points:

  • Having to rush through tasks without time for analysis
  • Feeling pressured to make decisions without ample time to evaluate data
  • Lack of attention to detail or a sense of disorganization in their environment


Understanding the Pains and Easing the Burden

As women in perimenopause, our plate can be filled to the brim with responsibilities, both at home and in the workplace. The interplay of stress and hormonal fluctuations can create a perfect storm of challenges.


Here are some essential tips from CJ Rivard to ease the burdens we bear:

Embrace Self-Awareness:

Understanding your personality type can be a game-changer. Embrace your natural tendencies and recognize your stress triggers. As CJ wisely says, "Knowing yourself is the first step to unlocking your potential and finding inner peace."


Communicate and Advocate:

Don't be afraid to express your needs to others, whether at work or in personal relationships. Communicate your preferences and stressors to others, and you'll be amazed at how smoothly your interactions can become.


Practice Mindfulness:

In the midst of life's chaos, take a moment to breathe and find gratitude. CJ advises, "Even a minute of mindfulness can do wonders for managing stress. Pause, breathe, and find solace in the little things that bring you joy."


Develop Emotional Intelligence:

Nurturing your emotional intelligence will help you navigate challenging situations with grace and empathy. CJ encourages, "Understand others' perspectives and emotions, and you'll build bridges of understanding that dissolve stress and foster meaningful connections."


Trust Your Intuition:

Amidst overthinking and analyzing, don't forget to trust your inner knowing. CJ reminds us, "Your intuition is a powerful compass that guides you through life's uncertainties. Embrace it, and you'll find clarity and confidence in your decisions."



As we've explored the four DISC personality types, it's clear that stress can show up differently for each one of us.

Understanding our natural tendencies and trigger points can help you build better relationships and create a more harmonious environment at work, home, or in social settings.

Remember, stress is universal, but so is our ability to overcome it.

By cultivating self-awareness and appreciating each other's strengths, we can create a supportive and stress-resilient community. Let's embrace our unique personalities and thrive together!

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