How Well Do You Maintain Balance?
by Michelle Smith
If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you are not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus. Take this short quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling your personal needs and wants.
[ ] [ ] 1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.
[ ] [ ] 2. Nurturing myself expands my capacity to help others.
[ ] [ ] 3. I eat healthy (whole foods more than processed foods) and exercise regularly.
[ ] [ ] 4. I get regular check-ups, go to the dentist, and consistently take preventative precautions.
[ ] [ ] 5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I'm re-energizing, meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.
[ ] [ ] 6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, nature-bathing, spending more time renewing.
[ ] [ ] 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 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 pause and take better 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 really 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 part of its message into your life. Please don’t hesitate to call if you’d like to explore this issue further, or you just need a guide on your journey to clarity and well-being.
To Your Health!
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