Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Are you in Balance?

How Well Do You Maintain Balance?

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, 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  False

     1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself 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: ice skating, sledding, 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, too. 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 overactivity, 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.

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