04/10/2016 by Melissa C. Martin
Quiz: How do you maintain balance before transitioning to civilian employment?
Making the transition from leaving military to civilian employment is no easy feat, but it does not HAVE to be difficult! If you
have a plan, everything will fall into place.
Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, especially if you have been dealing with the aftermath of one or more deployments and
preparing to leave the military and adjust to civilian life after your distinguished military career.
Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.
True or 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 get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.
5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m
meditating or dedicating myself to mindfulness (often recommended as a
means to deal with PTSD, according to research).
6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding,
beach walks; gardening, hiking, camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting
the bounty, gathering wood, and spending more time inside.
7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s
cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another
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, and 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
12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.
13. I listen to and honour the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, or precious time with my pets.
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, I find time to do the things I want to do.
16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, and 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; see if you can
incorporate something of its message into your life.
While having worked in mental health as a vocational rehabilitation counsellor, I often coached clients to develop a 4 point self-care plan.
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Melissa C. Martin
Bilingual Military to civilian coach
Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications
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