Are Your Personal Basic Needs Being Met?
When to do it
- When you are vaguely dissatisfied, depressed or tense.
- When you can't remember the last time you got a good night's sleep, relaxed, or ate a healthy meal.
What to do: A checklist
This list will help you create a picture of your lifestyle. Check off the needs you are meeting regularly.
- Do you usually get six to eight hours of sleep?
- Do you eat something fresh and unprocessed everyday?
- Do you allow time in your week to touch nature, no matter how briefly?
- Do you get enough sunlight, especially in the winter?
- Do you drink enough water?
- Do you see your gynecologist (or the equivalent) at least once a year?
- Do you see a dentist every six months?
- Do you know enough about your body and health needs?
- Do you get regular sexual thrills?
- Do you feel you get enough fun exercise?
- Are you hugged and touched amply?
- Do you make time for friendship?
- Do you nurture your friendships?
- Do you have friends you can call when you are down who really listen?
- Can you honestly ask for help when you need it?
- Do you regularly release your negative emotions?
- Do you forgive yourself when you make a mistake?
- Do you do things that give you a sense of fulfillment, joy and purpose?
- Is there abundant beauty in your life?
- Do you allow yourself to see beauty and to bring beauty into your home and office?
- Do you make time for solitude?
- Are you getting daily or weekly spiritual nourishment?
- Can you remember the last time you laughed until you cried?
- Do you ever accept yourself for who you are?
A good question
Get in the habit of asking yourself, as often as possible, this magic question:
What do I need to help me better care for myself?
Slow down whenever you feel tense, strange or rotten, and take a minute to consider the question. This process will help activate your intuition, and speed you toward developing a range of ways to deeply nurture yourself.