Craving Balance? Take this Quiz!

Does trying to maintain balance in your life make you feel like a tightrope walker? If so, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy that life can feel like a three-ring circus. I’d estimate that at least 90% of the people I talk with about career transformation want more balance in their lives. Balance means a sense of giving the right amount to time to work, family, friends, and yourself. Balance means not feeling overwhelmed by giving too much time and energy to any one area in life. Balance means taking care of your responsibilities and fulfilling your personal needs and wants, without feeling strained.

Today, I share with you a quiz I found to see how well you are maintaining balance in your life.

 

T = True / F = False

T   F   1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.

 

T   F   2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

 

T   F   3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

 

T   F   4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.

 

T  F   5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.

 

T   F   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.

 

T   F   7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing, or another creative pursuit.

 

T   F  8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.

 

T   F  9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.

 

T   F  10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.

 

T   F  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.

 

T   F  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.

 

T   F  13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.

 

T   F  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.

 

T   F  15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

 

T   F  16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

 

Now count up the number of True’s and the number of False’s. 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.

How’d you do? What steps can you take today to bring more balance into your life?

 

Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications

 

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When I first met Lori, I was in a rut. Having spent 25 years in the same industry, I was bored, max’d out and didn't know what to do next.  I was pigeon-holed into an industry that I was not so fond of, and saw no way to get out.  I felt trapped. Lori understood my predicament, as she had seen it all before -- she was sympathetic, but resolute in knowing that she could help me find answers.  I took great solace in that! 

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