___ ___ 1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and
___ ___ 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, barbeques; 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,
___ ___ 11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with
over-activity, 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 are robbing yourself and those you love. Please don’t hesitate to call (360) 949-2524, if you’d like to explore this issue further.
Jeanne L. Meyer, MS, LMHC, LPC
8100 NE Parkway Dr., Suite 25
Vancouver, WA 98662
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