Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognising and fulfilling personal needs and wants. Don’t put off doing it until later - you might never get around to it. It will only take a couple of minutes. Besides, it will give you a much-needed break whilst reflecting on the answers. Of course, endeavour to be as honest with yourself as possible.
❍ ❍ 1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.
❍ ❍ 2. Nurturing myself increases my capacity to help others.
❍ ❍ 3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
❍ ❍ 4. I get regular health check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.
❍ ❍ 5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, like meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.
❍ ❍ 6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques, 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: signs like irritability, overwhelm, resentment.
❍ ❍ 11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realise 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 honour 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. I’d love to know how you fared with this quiz! Please feel free to connect with me if you’d like to explore this issue further.
Have you tried doing the quiz on someone else. Who do you know that would benefit from doing the quiz?