With our busy lives, taking care of ourselves is more important than ever–yet it’s often the last thing on our minds. We have to meet that deadline, use break time to run errands, accomplish all the items on our list. Multitasking is so often part of being a business or professional woman. If you have been following my work for a while, you will know the negative impact on our health that stress can have–so, let’s find some balance. Take this self-quiz to see how well you are taking care of yourself.
T/F 1. When I’m upset and/or feeling hopeless, I talk about the situation with a friend, family member, coach or therapist. If I need help, I ask for it easily and without guilt.
T/F 2. I let go of the way things used to be. I accept the way things are now, while focusing on ways to improve my future.
T/F 3. Every day I do something physical even if it’s just a walk around the block or a 15-minute workout.
T/F 4. I eat healthfully and take the time to enjoy my meals. I set aside work, driving and other activities while I eat. I eat some meals with family or friends, without the television on!
T/F 5. I tend to think positively. I view problems as opportunities and obstacles as challenges.
T/F 6. I can say no when I need or want to. I find that doing this supports my lifestyle.
T/F 7. I remember to breathe, deeply. I can do this at any time, when I am busy, stressed, overwhelmed or pushed for time. I can feel the impact this has on my body.
T/F 8. If I’m experiencing physical symptoms, I go to a health care professional when appropriate. I don’t panic about the symptoms, but I don’t deny them either.
T/F 9. I can settle for “good enough.” I don’t demand perfection in everything that I do.
T/F 10. I recognize the value of working in different gears. Some tasks require less effort. This saves energy for those times when I need to push myself.
T/F 11. I get enough sleep most nights. I know what strategies help me to sleep deeply and well, and ensure I go to sleep before midnight when possible.
T/F 12. I value my personal relationships and give them the time and energy they need and deserve. I develop deep and meaningful relationships with those I love.
T/F 13. I choose healthy ways to relieve stress. I don’t rely on crutches such as smoking, drinking, caffeine and overeating.
T/F 14. I recognize the importance of breaks during the day, as well as vacations during the year. I understand and set myself healthy boundaries.
T/F 15. I am aware of and respect my feelings.
If you answered false to several of these, you may want to take an honest look at the impact your choices may be having on your life, your relationships (at home and at work), and on your short-term and indeed long-term health.
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