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.
Answer each question True or False!
1. The only way I can successfully manage all areas of my life is to take care of myself physically, emotionally and spiritually.
2. Nurturing myself and growing my awareness enlarges my capacity to help others.
3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and learn preventative precautions.
5. I am the master of my thoughts. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or using guided visualizations to train my mind
6. I am grateful for the gifts of my family and friends: I always seek to understand those I love and I am quick to forgive.
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 use my internal guidance system – my intuition, to notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.
11. If I feel uncomfortable or that I’m catching a cold, I realize I have a thought process I need to look at. 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, organic, spray free food.
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 us if you’d like to explore this issue further.
Loving yourself means diligently coming to a place of balance and wholeness – it is a work in progress!
With Love Always,
Sandra and Daniel Biskind