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Take the Maintaining Balance Quiz

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. Stress is king.

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

Take the Maintaining Balance Quiz | Inner Savvy Wellness

True or False

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

(  ) 2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

(  ) 3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

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

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

(  ) 6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbecues; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.

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

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

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

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

(  ) 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.

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

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

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

(  ) 15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

(  )  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. How can you make a change to help you feel more balanced? Remember that when you feel balanced, your body experiences less stress.  Less stress means it is easier to achieve your optimal health.

Comment below: What area do you want to focus on to achieve better balance?

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50 comments

  1. Ana says:

    I love this kind of quizzes -this one reminded me that I should exercise more often. Other than that, I love doing what I love! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Yeah, Susan, so glad to hear that. 2 purposes to this quiz, 1) to see where you need to make changes, 2) to see that you are in balance right now. Yeah.

  2. I knew the one area, exercise would be a no, but sure felt good with how many positives I have. It doesn’t just happen. I had to work at creating my balance. I read a great deal to relax, mostly mysteries & like to read in 1 sitting. And to do this, my work must be done which isn’t easy as social marketing or creating product is not limited to 9-5. However, I’ve had years of experience learning to manage my time (was a full time working mom) with many interests and it still works for me.

  3. Eating healthy is my primary area of lack. It is far easier to stuff some carbs in my belly and keep going with my day. Of course as a result, I feel tired and bloated. Thanks for reminding me what is important.

    • Karen says:

      Renee, so glad you got a reminder. Tonight come up with a few healthier foods you can stock up on to have for the next few days so it is just as easy to grab something better for you. You can do it.

  4. Carol Rundle says:

    I answered yes to the majority of these questions, which is gratifying. I do spend a lot of time working, so reaching out to friends is something I need to do more often.

  5. Tamuria says:

    What a fun quiz. Happy to say I answered ‘true’ to all but one – no 3. I do exercise regularly and my diet is pretty good but I do indulge in some of the less healthy foods at times. As I don’t do this all the time I guess that’s a kind of balance in itself. This was a great idea to make people stop and think about how much balance they have in their life.

  6. Teresa Salhi says:

    Thank you for the quiz and little checkup, I feel exceptionally better than I realized before taking it. All Trues and maybe some could be a little more often….like doing more creative projects and more seasonal activities. Nice.

  7. I do almost all of these things…some with more regularity than others. 😉 I don’t spend as much time with my friends as I could. I miss the “social” aspect of my life since I left the chamber of commerce, where my job was mostly interacting with others. However, I am making a special effort in that regard. About my family: They live 1,500 miles away and honestly, I am tired of being the one who makes the effort to spend the time and money to visit them. Now that I am officially the family matriarch, I told them my first decree was that they needed to get off their sorry butts and visit ME for a change.

    • Karen says:

      First, I am so sorry about the loss of your Mom. That is so hard…to lose a parent. I used to live far from my family and it was the same thing. Finally moved to only 1.5 hours away. Family was important to my husband and I. Hope you can keep finding avenues for your “social” aspect in your life…have you tried Meetup.com to see if there are groups in your area to join?

  8. The one that is most challenging for me is to enjoy the gifts of each season. The lack of light and the greyness of winter and even fall, affect me very dramatically. I seem to come alive again in the spring and summer. Generally I am highly aware of myself on all levels of my being. I have learned to listen to the signals when they are just whispers and to be proactive to live my healthiest and most vital self. I find that many people are very unaware of themselves or even if they are, they don’t tend to “listen” until it reaches crisis stages and they almost have no choice. Thanks for the reminders of how important it is to reassess how balanced we are in our lives, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      I agree that most people don’t take time to pay attention to their bodies or their health. Have you thought about trying light therapy during the gloomy months? I live in North Dakota so I know what short days and lack of light can do. Maybe something to think about next fall. Enjoy this spring. Hopefully it has been as beautiful there as it has been here.

  9. Hi Karen 🙂
    Loved your quiz! As I was taking the quiz I kept thinking wow this is true….this is true…..lol only a few were false, but the majority were very very true for me right now in my life!

    Thanks for sharing this great quiz….makes you really think about how happy you really are in your life 😉

    Great share!

    • Karen says:

      It always makes me happy to hear there are people out there who are really keeping their lives in balance. Glad you could see that with this quiz. Thanks so much for commenting.

  10. Michelle says:

    Great insight and way to hone in on the areas you may be struggling with in your work-life balance quest. Thanks for sharing (and linking up with Small Victories Sunday!).

  11. Rachel says:

    Great thoughtful questions. I hesitated before I read them. But it appears I’m doing rather well on the self care side of things. Okay when I’m tired I push a little hard but I balance it out with meditation. I have not come across a post like this before but I certainly did enjoy it. Thank you.

    Rachel.

    • Karen says:

      Congrats on doing meditation. I doubt anyone is balanced all the time. The think is to keep working toward a balance that is right for you and you feel calm and peaceful at times. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Kayla, for taking the quiz and you found it beneficial. I have had good feedback from clients and blog readers that it can be eye opening both regarding what to change or how well they really are doing.

  12. What a great quiz with some questions that really made me think. Happily I could answer true to most of them! One area I do need to work on is saying ‘no’ as my people-pleasing nature makes that tough but it was a great reminder that I need to assert that balance. Thanks so much for sharing this at #sharethejoy and hope to see you again next week x

  13. Joyce Hansen says:

    Wonderful idea for a quiz. I’m about 50-50, so there’s definitely room for improvement. Returned to exercising and that has made a big difference. This is a great way to re-focus, and you even motivated me to signed up for your Mini Clean Eating Detox.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joyce, glad it was a good motivator for you. Balance is a continuing adventure. Would love to hear any feedback you have on the 24 hour detox.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Janelle, May I suggest taking the list of things you want to improve on and pick one. Then make a plan for something small you can do today or tomorrow to start working toward that balance.

  14. Grace says:

    What a great opportunity for reflection and assessment. I think I did pretty well (10/16 true’s), but I noticed a pattern that the ones in which I said false were often about not prioritizing my own time.

    • Karen says:

      Grace, love that you noticed that pattern. So take a few minutes to look at your priorities and make a few changes to include things that really are a priority by fell off your radar.

  15. Breigh says:

    Karen,
    I absolutely LOVE this quiz. I ask similar questions to my clients when they come to me asking how they can make lifestyle changes. Often, they believe that simply changing what or how they eat is all they need to do. However, I coach lifestyle changes and when it comes to what we see in ourselves, we always have to look at our belief system. Whether it’s religious or not, everyone believes something about themselves and without positive changes it can make transformation difficult. This quiz is a great tool! Bravo!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for your positive feedback. The work really needs to begin with deep introspective questions in order to know which road to start on. Sounds like you are doing amazing things for your clients. There are so many people out there to help. We all need help in one way or another. Keep helping people transform. 🙂

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