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Are you feeling deprived?

October 9, 2012

In her book “The Art Of Extreme Self-Care”, New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Richardson sets out to give readers practical tools and questions they can ask to reshape their lives for the better.

The first chapter deals with deprivation, and the classic stress-builder of taking on too much, saying yes too often, and ending up resentful because of it.

Richardson suggests the following exercise to find out areas in your life where you are feeling deprived:

  • Where do I feel deprived?
  • What do I need more of right now?
  • What do I need less of?
  • What do I want right now?
  • What am I yearning for?
  • Who or what is cuasing me to feel resentulf and why?
  • What am I starving for?

She suggests stopping and asking yourself these questions whenever you feel “overwhelmed, frustrated, burdened or resentful”.

Thought exercises like these are similar to what can happen in a psychology session, with the difference being everything is personalised to your particular life situation.  Sometimes the biggest deprivation we can feel in life is that no-one is listening to us, and that’s what psychologists are here for.

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