Personal Reflection

Take this quiz to help you evaluate how well you are taking care of yourself. Use this scale to determine your answers:

5 (all of the time), 4 (often), 3 (some of the time), 2 (not very often), 1 (never)

____ I get a physical, including a breast exam and pap smear, every year.

____ I eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water.

____ I know what activities fuel me and I participate in them regularly.

____ I know how to say no, and I'm careful about my commitments outside the home.

____ I ask my husband and children for help.

If your score is

20–25 — Good job! You really know how to take care of yourself!

15–19 — You have some good habits in place, but keep working to better care for your needs.

10–14 — It's time to take your physical and emotional needs seriously. Make some changes today, before it's too late.

5–9 — You are on the way to burnout. Go back and reread this article series, and make new goals to reflect care for your physical and emotional needs. It's possible that you're not enjoying the profession of motherhood very much. As you make positive changes to care for yourself, you will find that your job satisfaction will increase over time.

Write a mission statement for yourself. Use these questions to help you determine your statement:

  • When I leave this earth, what legacy do I want to leave?
  • Where do I want to have made a difference?

List the people and activities in your life in order of most important to least important.

  • Does your current time and energy expenditure reflect your priority list?

Identify three ways you can make adjustments in how you spend your time to better reflect your priorities.

Are there any volunteer activities you need to let someone else do to bring more balance to your life? List those here and begin the resignation process this week.

Identify two of the twelve points in the "Learning to Say No" article that you want to remember in the future. Share them with a friend and ask her to hold you accountable.

Taken from Professionalizing Motherhood by Jill Savage. Copyright © 2001 by Jill Savage. Used by permission of Zondervan.