Practice: Tools For Transformation
Self-Care For Your Journey
On your journey to transformation, it is important that you make self-care a priority. The journey can be exhausting mentally, emotionally and physically.
Disciplined self-care is a practice that will nurture you and give you the mental, emotional and physical strength to continue your journey--even in the face of your greatest fears.
- Daily self-care routines like getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, and being physically active.
- Keeping up with your regularly scheduled health check-ups like eye exams, dental check-ups, mammograms, etc.
- Maintaining your relationships with people you are close to emotionally and with whom you share your journey.
- Doing things (no matter how small) that bring you pleasure and fun.
- Developing practices or tools that help you to connect to yourself, such as daily meditation or journaling.
Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.
T F 1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.
T F 2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.
T F 3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
T F 4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.
T F 5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I'm meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.
T F 6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, walks in the snow; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, marveling as the leaves on the trees turn color, spending more time inside.
T F 7. Creativity nurtures me. I do what I love, whether that's cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit.
T F 8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.
T F 9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.
T F 10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I'm out of balance: irritability, being overwhelmed or resentment and I do things to shift my emotional state.
T F 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.
T F 12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.
T F 13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.
T F 14. If I have something planned for myself, I don't just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.
T F 15. I'm busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.
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.