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We’ve all heard the saying you can’t pour from an empty cup, but I’d also like to put a twist on it today and say you can’t add to a full one. Join me for part 1 in a 4 part series unpacking the steps to the Stress Bucket Exercise. Todays conversation is all about step 1: Assess - this answers the question of, "What is in my stress bucket?" Until you can get it out of your head and onto paper you'll likely stay mostly stressed most of the time - and that's no way to live! Join me while I walk you through the 4 categories of common stressors and explore which ones contribute most to your stress bucket.
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✨ 3 Takeaways from this episode:
Quick summary: The stress bucket exercise is a measure of stress capacity or threshold. You are the bucket, your stressors are the water. When the bucket stays full for too long or begins to overflow you become symptomatic (chronic pain, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, etc…) The 4 steps of this exercise (assess, audit, manage, edit) are to help you create a buffer, to bring your stressors down and your coping strategies up.
You can’t change anything you aren’t aware of. This first step of assessing what’s in your stress bucket puts you in a position to look at those individual stressors with curiosity and we’ll talk about what comes next in the next two parts to this mini-series.
An invitation to download this workbook and assess your current stressors. It can be beneficial to do this work alongside a trauma-trained practitioner, it’s also something I’d love to support you with inside RISE, my mental health membership and nervous system healing space.
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