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"You have taught me to believe in myself and to take things slowly, one step at a time, keep sight of my goals, both short term and long term.

Your coaching style was both nuturing and motivating, you seemed to intuitively know some days what I needed most. Your caring and understanding was so appreciated and it came from the heart."

-Holly C.

I would recommend the Simplicity Course as an easy, practical way to start simplifying one's life. I especially liked the segments on Tolerations, Wardrobe, and Office and Paperwork.

Each day focuses on only one task, which is helpful to people who feel overwhelmed by the complexities of modern life and hardly know where to begin downshifting.

-Joan, New York

Beth has an uncanny way of, "reading between the lines" to see a person's heart. I appreciate how genuine she is.

I have already begun implementing her suggestions, and am dumbstruck at how well they are working. I am feeling so much more secure, and feel I am finally put onto a life path that will bring me joy for many years to come."

-Sue Halpern

I feel more focused and have an objective instead of aimlessly filling up the day.

-Shelli Segura

 

 

SELF-CARE QUIZ

How good are you at taking care of yourself?

You will need a java-enabled browser or you can add up your score by hand.

5 represents MORE TRUE and 1 represents LESS TRUE

1.
I take time for myself every day, have a spiritual discipline and watch less than one hour of TV a day.
5 4 3 2 1
2.
I exercise at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes.
5 4 3 2 1
3.
I take care of my body by getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night, brushing and flossing my teeth twice a day and eating at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day.
5 4 3 2 1
4.
I love my haircut, my nails look great and I love everything in my wardrobe.
5 4 3 2 1
5.
I get together with a friend at least once a month and enjoy hobbies regularly.
5 4 3 2 1
6.
I have a relaxing before bed routine and a nurturing morning routine.
5 4 3 2 1
7.
I usually know what I need and what I am feeling.
5 4 3 2 1
8.
My organized environment supports my goals.
5 4 3 2 1
9.
I take frequent breaks and have something to look forward to every evening.
5 4 3 2 1
10.
I know what I am passionate about.
5 4 3 2 1
 

Total Score

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 one.

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.

 

 

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