Finding balance in your life can be a difficult thing. It most certainly will not happen overnight. There will be many hours of contemplation, reflection, imagination, frustration, and inspiration involved in the process. And even if you do find balance in your life, it often doesn’t last for long and continues to change as your life changes.

Achieving balance in your life will be an ever-changing experience.

If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone as most of us have so many demands on our time and energy.

Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.

 TrueFalse1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.
 TrueFalse2. Taking care of and nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.
 TrueFalse3. I eat healthy and exercise regularly.
 TrueFalse4. I get regular health check-ups, and take preventative precautions.
 TrueFalse5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.
 TrueFalse6. I experience the gifts of each season: enjoying time outside at the beach or by the pool, spending time by a cosy fire, amazed at the colours of autumn leaves and marveling at the spring blossom.
 TrueFalse7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit.
 TrueFalse8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.
 TrueFalse9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.
 TrueFalse10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.
 TrueFalse11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold or feeling unwell, I realise I may have stressed my immune system with over activity, so I stop and take care of myself.
 TrueFalse12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.
 TrueFalse13. I listen to and honour the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.
 TrueFalse14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.
 TrueFalse15. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

082117_1If 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. Please don’t hesitate to call me on 0408 761 564 if you’d like to explore this issue further.

As a woman over 50 who constantly pushes herself, I love taking time out to have a coffee with family, friends or alone – it helps me to relax and gives me thinking time.

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