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How Well Do You Take Care Of Yourself ?

Updated on June 2, 2011

Very often, we cannot control the circumstances that life throws our way, but we can control how well we take care of our self. Taking proper care of our body, soul and mind can keep us in optimum shape for handling stress, keeping us functioning well, getting us ready for life’s challenges and live a happier life.

If you are the type of person who often takes care of others before yourself, then consider this question, “How much helpful can you be if you're not doing so well yourself?” Looking after ourselves should not lose its importance when we are lending others our hands. It's common to feel guilty by putting ourselves first - but it's really the best way to ensure that you, your family and your friend get the best care.

The following questionnaires will help you to determine how well you take care of yourself. Answer YES or NO to each question. At the end of the test, you’ll read about how to take better care of yourself, if you are not doing that already.

1. Do you take time to eat nutritiously ?

2. Do you avoid compulsive overeating ?

3. Are you able to control your eating habits most of the time?

4. Do you maintain a good weight for your size and body build ?

5. Do you like your body build and size ?

6. Do you exercise regularly (at least 1 hour per week) ?

7. Do you get enough sleep (about 7 hours for an adult) ?

8. Do you sleep through the night ?

9. Do you go for regular check-ups from your Health Care Practitioners even if you are feeling fine ?

10. Do you take preventative precautions to improve your health ?

11. Do you visit your dentist when necessary ?

12. Do you follow recommendations of your dentist ?

13. Do you take prescribed medicine when advised ?

14. Are you a non-smoker ?

15. Are you a non-drinker or a very moderate drinker ?

16. Do you occasionally let yourself relax in the bathtub or go for a Spa treatment?

17. Do you have hobbies that give you pleasure ?

18. Do you treat yourself as well as you treat others ?

19. Are you a good friend to yourself ?

20. Do you have a friend to talk to and provide insights when you are confused, anxious, angry, sad or frustrated ?

21. Do you pamper yourself or do something nice for yourself regularly?

22. Do you let other people do nice things for you ?

23. Do you readily care for others but literally forget about yourself and your own needs?

24. Do you reward yourself for personal accomplishments ?

25. Are you aware of those emotional signals that say “I'm out of balance: irritability, feeling overwhelmed, resentment” and do something about it?

26. Have you found a way to release your negative emotions ?

27. Are you able to say no to requests for your time, when you need that time for yourself ?

28. Even when you are busy, do you find time to do those things that matter to you ?

29. Do you often lose your temper at work and at home ?

30. Do you often feel exhausted ?

31. Do you overspend and leave no savings but more debt in your bank account ?

32. Do you often miss out family events due to work ?

33. Do you often feel guilty because you can't make time for everything you want to ?

34. Do you feel like you do not have the time, energy or resources to truly care for yourself?

35. Do you practice lots of self-care but still feel a lot of stress, anxiety and/or fatigue due to the circumstances in your life/work?

36. Do you crave more ease, satisfaction, joy and overall well-being?

 

If you answered YES to most of the above questions, then well done, you are taking good care of yourself.

If you answered NO to more than 10 questions, then please look over the questions again and determine how you can start taking better care of yourself.

When you take better care of yourself, you will feel better, and feel a sense of increased personal wellness.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. “ Lucille Ball

 

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      thank you, sweetguide.

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      sweetguide 5 years ago from River side

      Excellent list. I'm love it.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Glad to see you again, Tina. Yes, we should find things we really like to do to pamper ourselves once in a while, especially after some hard work. I like to pamper myself with a nice cup of cappucino or green tea latte at Starbucks, together with their delicious muffin once in a while.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      That list of questions is very good! Since the time in a day is limited we tend to prioritize others before ourselves! I especially like number 21 and 22, and I will keep them in mind and prioritize them at least once or twice a week. It will do wonder! Thanks for the reminder of the important things in life!

      Tina

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Daniela, I am glad to see you here. Yes, if we don't look after ourselves, who will ? Here in hubpages, we are indirectly helping each other through sharing our knowledge in hubs. Appreciate your comment.

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      Daniela Daljac 6 years ago from AUSTRALIA

      I think if we don't take care of our self no one will!! And I agree we are here to help and to be helped!

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      CMHypno, thanks for your comment. Yes, many feel guilty for taking care of themselves... but I think many people esp mothers are improving.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      well, KenWu, at least you don't drink... lol. Take care.

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      KenWu 6 years ago from Malaysia

      I'm using that package to help me on concentration and learning. Well, I'm guilty not to overcome compulsive eating, caffeinated drinks, spending more time to relax, may be a pack of smoke once in a while... :)

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      KenWu, are you able to use "Quantum Mind Power" mentioned in your hub to help yourself ? :)

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      KenWu 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Oops, I fail most of the questions posted....

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Thanks, Infofinder for reading and dropping some comments. If I am looking for a job, I will remember to visit your hubs ! :)

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      (Dr.) Cathylynn, thanks ! I like your hubs on health. Health does matter. :)

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      The trouble is that many people have been taught that taking care of themselves is selfish, and do not realise that you cannot care for others until you care for yourself

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      InfoFinder 7 years ago

      This is a good question and something I am usually not doing very well with. You are right, it is important to take care of ourselves, as the years quickly slip by. Thanks for the wake-up call.

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      cathylynn99 7 years ago from northeastern US

      great checklist!

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Thanks, cazknndy. We all need reminders from time to time. I wrote this hub to remind myself as well. :)

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      cazknndy 7 years ago from Birmingham, England

      I knew I shouldn't read your hub - coz I answered no to nearly all the questions - but I'm glad I did coz it confirmed what I already knew - my lifestyle is doing me no favours! so thank you very much for shocking me into changing at least some of the negative things in my life.

      thanks cazknndy.

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      flinsura 7 years ago

      Nice list... I really appreciate this hub. Thanks.. very informative... Great!

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      thanks, kathryn.

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      kathryn1000 7 years ago from London

      That is really good.thank you.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Thanks, Susie Duzy. Glad you checked and know that you are doing well. :)

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Thanks, saukpill. Hope you are doing better in health.

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      SUSIE DUZY 7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Very good hub, makes you think. I take good care of myself, probably could do more. Good Tips.

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      saukpill 7 years ago

      A couple months ago,I was very upset to take my health.But even I followed this type any advice.And I loved it advice very much.Thanks again for it.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      thanks, Treasures. Your hubs are excellent too !

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      Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

      Ingenira, good questions. Gives you alot to think about.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      thanks, rui paiva for reading and leaving a nice comment.

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      rui paiva 7 years ago from Somewhere in the world

      Excellent list. In order to think a little of others we must first take good care of ourselves. If not who would care?

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Haha... Claudin, I was startled for a while, then I thought you must be a very humourous and fun person... thanks for dropping by and left some comment.

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      Claudin_Dayo 7 years ago from Southeast Asia

      I almost said no to everything! whoa.. what a list, :)) anyways nice one.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Take care, FloBe, and thanks for reading. :)

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      FloBe 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I needed to read this today...I am so tired and really need to get some rest! Thanks for the reminder to take better care of myself.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Thanks, Melinda. I am glad that you take such great care of yourself.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      What a comprehensive list!! Thanks. I said yes to most of them but not all. Thanks so much!!