When Exhausted, poke holes in your stress bucket

The point isn’t to avoid stress but to find effective ways of processing it so it doesn’t linger.

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We become exhausted not only when we have too much on our plate, but when we don’t clear it away effectively. The point isn’t to avoid stress but to find effective ways of processing it so it doesn’t linger. Not only do we not want to battle our way through it, but if we do, we know that we can do so with ease because we have key activities to helps us put baggage down and recharge us after.

Consider your stress bucket, what is using up your time and energy (good or bad) – your work, family, friends etc., what chunks of time are being taken up?

What activities energise you and what drain you? Consider what holes you can poke in your stress bucket to stop it from overflowing. What steps can you take to increase those activities that boost you up and decrease those that bum you out?

The NEF (New Economics Forum) recommends 5 Ways to Wellbeing (NEF Five Ways to Wellbeing: The Evidence). Consider what activities in these categories you’ve done in the past week:

Connect e.g. chat & cuppa with a friend
Be Active e.g. dance classes
Take Notice e.g. photos of scenery
Keep Learning e.g. language classes
Give e.g. donating time to charity

When we’re feeling battered, these activities can anchor us to moments that bring us meaning and joy. What activities can you put in place this week to poke holes in your stress bucket?

From A.R.S.E. to A.C.E. is a course that was created to help people recognise, accept and move on from states that left them feeling overwhelmed, stuck and hopeless. If you missed previous posts – click here to tackle Annoyed, Reactive and Stressed.

Next time – how we can up our ability to be Attentive by regularly recalibrating our focus.

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