Maintain Balance During the Holidays? Is it possible? Take this quiz.

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 that life can feel like a three-ring circus. This is especially true during the holidays.  But during the holidays, it is more important than ever to take care of yourself and maintain balance in your life.  Otherwise, you will get worn out emotionally and physically and won’t be able to enjoy the season and the people you love. Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.

True False

❍  ❍ 1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.

❍  ❍ 2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

❍  ❍ 3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

❍  ❍ 4. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

❍  ❍ 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 the holiday season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; spending more time inside.

❍  ❍ 7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing, or any other creative pursuit.

Holiday Stress quiz

❍  ❍ 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, resentment.

❍  ❍ 11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with overactivity, 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.

If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false, and see if you can incorporate something of its message into your life.

If you’d like to get practical, applicable, easy tips on exactly how to do that, get my FREE article “Create Balance, Freedom, and Joy During the Holidays” at

Your joy during the holidays is under your control.  Take good care of yourself and enjoy all that the season has to offer.