How good are you at taking care of yourself?
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add up your score by hand.
5 represents MORE TRUE and 1 represents
Now look at your total score.
40-50 I am very proud of you. You are taking excellent
care of yourself. Now you can delve further into things like getting
massages, simplifying your life, and getting rid of as many stressors
as you can.
30-39 You know how to take care of yourself. Now to do
it consistently. Here is an Excel checklist
you can use to track your daily self-care. Feel free to add or
remove actions to suit your personal needs.
20-29 You may value yourself, but seem to put yourself
last too often. Set an evening just for you every week with no
outside obligations. Cull your calendar to get rid of unimportant
meetings, etc. Turn off the TV after an hour. Put in a daily half
hour for you in your appointment book. Let go of unrealistic standards
of how much you can get done in a day. Cut your to do list for
the day in half. Now use that time to work on one thing on the
checklist above until you form a habit. Then move onto another
10-19 You feel guilty every time you take time for yourself.
You need to realize that your family, friends and work don't want
an empty vessel. They want a vibrant, authentic, energetic you.
Talk with your family about how you want to start taking better
care of yourself. Discuss how they can help out more. If they
are supportive, see if they are open to having you be accountable
to them. Which thing from the above checklist do you think would
have the most impact on your energy and well-being? Work on that
action until it becomes a habit.
0-9 You don't really think you deserve to take care of
yourself. You feel unimportant in the scheme of things. Kids,
family and everyone else always come before you. Journal your
feelings about self-care. Write down ways you give to others.
Notice that you are needed. The world wouldn't be the same without
you. Write down your best qualities and skills. Often we think
we don't have any, but if you ask someone else they will say that
they've always admired you for... We think if something comes
easy to us, then it can't be a real skill. When in reality, the
stuff that comes easy are the things we do best and are meant
to do. You are just as important as the other people in your life.
Shine for them! Pick an easy, non-threatening action to start
caring for yourself. Maybe you can drink one more glass of water
or take 5 minutes alone. Start small and work your way up.
And most people would benefit by taking the
6 Week Self-Care Program, which shows you how to take really
good care of yourself, so you can be more energetic, loving, and
giving to the world around you.