Is Your Life A Balancing Act?

May 7, 2009


    Is Your Life A Balancing Act ?

 Multi-tasking is great ,diversity is healthy, and juggling must be an Art but truly, how much quality time do you have left to invest in those that are important in your life.  Add another task in your life like having to check in with your on-line families such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.  I’m not no sure we need more hours in a day. I don’t have the statistics in front of me but the escalation of injuries via neck, head, back pain, eyes have grossly increased. What scales are we going to use to measure what determines living a balanced existence? I suggest before we start calibrating the scales we may want to consider weighing the importance of quality of life verses quantity.  

 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.

 

True  False

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

m   m  2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

 m   m  3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

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

 m   m  5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift. 

 m   m  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.

 m   m  7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit. 

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

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

 m   m  10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.

 m   m  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.

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

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

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

 m   m  15. I’m busy, but I ‘m managing my schedule very well.

m   m  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 welcome all your comments!

 

Curt Canada MSW is a Personal Development Coach at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.   Find out more about Finding Your Zenith  at      http://tinyurl.com/cv5xec

 

Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications

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2 Responses to “Is Your Life A Balancing Act?”


  1. I was so surprised and elated when I noticed someone had left a comment. You’re my second comment since the beginning of this blogpost!

    Tell me if there were any that rang a bell for you?

    Again Thanks so much!

    Curt

  2. Elaine Sarantakos Says:

    Thank you for all of your wonderful postings! Great job!


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