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Caregivers: How Well Do You Maintain Balance?

December 30, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 151

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

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 increases my ability to help others.

3. I eat healthy and exercise regularly.

4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions regarding my health.

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. For instance, ice-skating, sledding, bundled up beach walks, gardening, hiking or swimming.

7. Creativity nurtures me. I do what I love, whether it's cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit.

8. Reaching out to others enriches my life.

9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose; therefore, 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. For example, irritability, feeling overwhelmed resentment or sadness.

11. If my body gives me signals of a sickness or disease, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with over activity; therefore, 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 my body when it tells me that I am missing something. For example, a nap, a walk, a hot shower, a cup of coffee or just stop and do nothing.

14. If I have something planned for myself, I don't just toss it 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 feelings of well-being, contentment, and even joy.

17. I spend quality time with family and friends.

18. I laugh frequently.

19. I allow myself to be spontaneous and do things that give me pleasure such as walking in the rain, having breakfast for dinner, eating snow or staying up at night to watch the moon and the stars or to listen to the sounds of the night.

20. I enjoy reading articles like this that show me how I could start...

Living Life in Balance

If you answered false more often than true, look over your results.

It is time to start living your life in balance.

Ileana Perez is a Registered Nurse, a Certified Health Coach, and a Health Educator. She is the founder and CEO of - an e-coaching website designed specifically for caregivers of the terminally ill and elderly. Ileana has amassed over 40 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse in the emergency department and operating room, as well as working as an in-home nurse. Having served as the caregiver of her late parents, Ileana knows firsthand the struggles that a caregiver faces while providing for the elderly. Visit if you or someone you know is a caregiver who is in need of direction, or simply wants to speak with someone who has felt the anxiety you are feeling.

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