Do you regularly practice self-care? Complete the self-guided quiz below to find out! Answer the following questions with YES or NO, then tally your “YES” answers and find out just how well you are taking care of yourself.
1. Do you have a morning routine that is nourishing and allows you to start your day with some time for you?
2. Do you have time alone every day?
3. Do you eat healthy and exercise most days of the week?
4. Do you have hobbies that you are passionate about?
5. Do you take days off work when you need a break?
6. Do you take breaks at work to be mindful of how you are feeling and check in with your daily intention?
7. Do you have people who you can talk to that really “hear” you?
8. Do you avoid negative people and situations as much as you can?
9. Do you eat regularly?
10. Have you been to the doctor within the past year for a general checkup?
11. Do you say “no” when you don’t want to do something?
12. Do you laugh at least once most days?
13. Do you have time in the evening to read, watch TV, play with your kids or something else you enjoy doing?
14. Do you spend time with friends who really get you and have the same passions and values as you?
15. Do you have a nighttime ritual to let your body know it is time to settle down and get ready for sleep?
16. Do you sleep 7-8 hours a night?
17. Do you have a regular bedtime and wake-up time?
18. Do you ask for help when you need it?
19. Do you have any spiritual routines that nourish you (church, meditation, or something else)?
20. Do you take care of your pampering needs? Get haircuts regularly, get your nails done, or take time to get a massage when you feel tense?
Stop what you’re doing and start loving yourself! You’ve been putting everyone else’s needs ahead of your own, and it’s taking a tremendous toll on you. While meeting your responsibilities is important, you owe it to yourself to live your happiest, healthiest life. So, take a step back and start incorporating some self-care into your daily routine.
When it comes to self-care, you are doing the bare minimum. This is a dangerous slippery slope that can lead to you abandoning self-care all together. Remember, taking care of yourself is essential to your recovery. So, look back at the questions you answered “no” to and start creating positive changes in your life.
You value your overall well-being and you’re doing a good job at incorporating self-care into your life. However, there is always room for improvement. Take a look at your answers and see what you can do differently to turn each “no” into a “yes.”
Congratulations! You’ve made self-care a priority in your life and it shows. Keep doing what you’re doing. And because there’s no such thing as too much self-care, always try to look for new ways to take care of your mind, body, and spirit.
Want to learn more about the importance of self-care in recovery? Check out these helpful articles on the importance of sleep, balancing a healthy diet and busy lifestyle, managing anxiety, and having sober fun.