How Well Do You Maintain Balance In Your Dental Practice
If trying to maintain balance in your life or dental practice makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most dental professionals have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus. Take this quiz and share with your dental employees to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.
Answer True False, How Well Do You Maintain Balance in Your Life and Dental Practice?
T___ F___ 1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.
T___ F___ 2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.
T___ F___ 3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
T___ F___ 4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.
T___ F___ 5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.
T___ F___ 6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.
T___ F___ 7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit.
T___ F___ 8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.
T___ F___ 9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.
T___ F___ 10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.
T___ F___ 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.
T___ F___ 12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.
T___ F___ 13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.
T___ F___ 14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.
T___ F___ 15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.
T___ F___ 16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.
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. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to explore this issue further.
Written by Cathy Warschaw, CPC, ELI-MP
Founder & Make It Happen Coach
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Edited by Dental Practice Pro, DPP Inc.