|
|
|
|
flag image

Last on the List


Where do you rank on your list of priorities?



Last_on_the_List
Last on the List
February 2013

Juggling the demands of work and family life can leave the average parent feeling weary and frazzled. With so many responsibilities vying for your attention, finding time for yourself can seem an impossible task. Although "downtime" may seem like a luxury you can't afford, this investment in yourself is essential to replenish the reserves you need to fulfill your obligations to everyone else. How can you know when your commitments to others should take a back seat in order to redirect the focus back on you? Take our quiz to find out.

I can't remember what I used to do for fun.

Yes No

I've lost a sense of who I am outside of my relationships to family or work.

Yes No

I feel guilty spending any time or money on myself.

Yes No

If I'm not accomplishing some sort of task, I think I've wasted my time.

Yes No

I can't remember what it feels like to be completely rested, calm and re-energized.

Yes No

I am perpetually run-down and seem susceptible to illnesses.

Yes No

I feel like I'm on a treadmill of kid/work/family activities that never stops.

Yes No

I make sure my kids have "enriching" activities, but have nothing similar in place for myself.

Yes No

If I have unexpected free time, I fill it with more tasks to complete.

Yes No

Sometimes I resent my spouse, children or employer because their needs always seem to come first.

Yes No

It's hard for me to feel gratitude or joy for my life because I'm so exhausted most of the time.

Yes No

Each "yes" response is a red flag that making time for yourself should probably be a bigger priority in your life. Try a radical move and put your interests at the top of your "to do" list – or better yet, pitch the "to do" list entirely for little awhile. Spend some time thinking about what you need to recharge your battery – from connecting with friends who make you laugh to a quiet cup of tea by yourself. You may be surprised how fulfilling your own needs will benefit those around you as well.


Tags: In This Issue

Comments ()
ITM
Feld: Marvel
Childrens museum
peewinkle's puppet studio
Heritage