How Are You Maintaining Balance?
by Deanna Lang,
With all the life demands and all of the fast changes, that happen all around us, does trying to maintain balance in your life make you feel like a tightrope walker?
Well, you're not alone, every one of us has been impacted by what has happened in 2020. I have talked to so many, as you may have also, whose lives have been personally impacted in some way or another.
With all of the changes, adjustments, and demands on our time and energy during these times, life can feel like a three-ring circus. Take this quiz to see how well you are managing, while also recognizing and fulfilling 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 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 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.
To talk about how you can incorporate the message from this exercise into your life, please don't hesitate to set up a time with me for a Virtual Coffee Chat.
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Wishing you a Happy New Year, 2021
(better than before, yes!)
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