If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy that life can feel like a three-ring circus. Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.
True or False
____1. The best way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself spiritually, physically and emotionally.
____2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.
____3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
____4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.
____5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.
____6. I experience the gifts of each season: skiing, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.
____7. Creativity nurtures me. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit.
____8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.
____9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I consistently give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.
____10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.
____11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with over-activity, so I stop and take care of myself.
____12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.
____13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.
____14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.
____15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.
____16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.
If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false and see if you can incorporate something of its message into your life.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to explore this issue further. Billie Frances, Guiding Mindful Change www.guidingmindfulchange.com.