Answer these questions to help you determine if you need more Self-Care in your life.
- Do you take time out to relax each day?
o Yes, I set aside time every day just for me.
o Sometimes, if my schedule isn’t too crazy.
o No, I find it really hard to relax when I’ve got so much to do.
- Do you get enough sleep each night?
o Yes, I make sure I am well-rested each night.
o Sometimes, if I can get to bed early enough.
o No, I’m always exhausted.
- Do you exercise on a regular basis?
o Yes, I have a normal exercise routine.
o Sometimes, when I get the urge to hit the gym.
o No, I’m too tired to workout.
- Do you ever spend time alone?
o Yes, I make sure I have some alone time each day.
o Sometimes, if I can make it work out.
o No, I rarely ever have a moment alone.
- Do you have healthy eating habits?
o Yes, I try to eat healthy as often as possible.
o Sometimes, when I think about it.
o No, who has the time or money to eat healthy?
- Do you allow yourself to have fun?
o Yes, I spend a little time each day doing something I enjoy.
o Sometimes, if I have a few extra minutes.
o No, I can’t remember the last time I did anything fun.
- Do you ever put yourself first?
o Yes, I have to take care of myself first before everyone else.
o Sometimes, if no one else needs me.
o No, I usually put everyone else’s needs in front of my own.
- Do you ever unplug from technology?
o Yes, I step away from my phone for a little bit each day.
o Sometimes, when I take nap.
o No, never. What if someone needs me or I miss something?
- Do you spend much time outdoors?
o Yes, every day. I try to get outside as often as possible.
o Sometimes, when I’m walking to my car.
o No, I spend most of my time indoors.
- Do you feel like self-care is beneficial?
o Yes, 100%. Self-care is so important to my overall health and wellness.
o Maybe, for people that have time to do it.
o No, it takes too much time, effort, and money.
- Do you ever say no when someone asks you to do something?
o Yes, when I feel like it doesn’t serve me.
o Sometimes, when I have the courage.
o No, never. It’s hard for me to say no to anyone if they need my help.
- Do you ever ask for help?
o Yes, anytime I feel overwhelmed.
o Sometimes, when it’s not too much of a burden to someone else.
o No, I can handle everything on my own.
- Are you genuinely happy with life?
o Yes, I love my life and always find things to be grateful for.
o Sometimes, when things are going right.
o No, life is tough. I find it really hard to be confident and happy with who I am.
- Are you physically pretty healthy?
o Yes, thankfully I hardly ever get sick.
o Sometimes, although I never feel like I’m operating at 100%.
o No, I’m always coming down with something.
- Do you ever treat yourself with small gifts?
o Yes, I make an effort to treat myself in small ways all the time.
o No, I don’t really need or want anything.
o No, I can’t afford to treat myself to anything.
For all those questions to which you answered YES, keep doing what you’re doing in these areas
to keep your self-care routine strong.
If you answered SOMETIMES or NO, it’s time to assess what changes you can make to start developing
a self-care routine that works for you. Of course, if you’re happy with your life, no changes are
necessary. But if you’d like to experiment and experience what some additional self-love can bring,
focus on one of these questions and make some changes.
Changes don’t have to be life-altering; start small by adding one new habit a week. Schedule some
alone time or take a 15-minute walk without your phone. Allow yourself the time and space to do
something purely for the fun of it. Put yourself first more often and start taking the steps to
prioritize self-care in your life.
There aren’t any point values involved in this assessment and no one will come back to check
on whether you’ve made changes; but improving each of these answers toward the YES column
will greatly help you develop a life-changing self-care routine