Stress Management : The Stress Bucket

Welcome to our second session. I'm glad you're back! :)

I hope you found the first session helpful and something that we can learn to manage together. As always, what happens in group, stays in group. By that I mean, if you need to talk you can email me. The link is on the left. I know this all looks fairly basic and will feel about "duh, Cpt. Obvious" but it gets us starting to focus more inward and lighten the load a little bit using simple ideas and techniques.

This is my third (?) time being in this particular group and the first two times I thought it was complete crap. Now I'm older, I can perhaps relate to the material more. I was very, very young compared to everyone else at the time and it was almost flawed from the ground up.

But we're here now!

Today we're going to look at our triggers for stress and "The Stress Bucket".

Triggers to stress

The potential for things to stress us out is all around us. What grinds my gears might not necessarily bother you at all! I have a very low tolerance for, well, anything... Our first set of worksheets have categorized potential stressors into five categories: Family, Relationships, Work, Health and Lifestyle, Yourself.

Once again, we were asked to complete this in the session so you get an insight into my crazy again... It's toe-curling to put this out there but if it helps even one person then it's worth it. 

So there we are. I don't know about you but I feel quite stressed and scared by the information I'm putting out there! It's time to meet Mr. Bucket.

This is a stress bucket. What happens to the level of water when you add more weight into it, like stones? Eventually it'll overflow, right? What happens to our mental health when it's overwhelmed? Personally, I'm likely to scream, cry and be stuck in a vicious cycle of panic. Others might be tempted to indulge in bad habits like drinking or comfort-eating.

Using this principal, we can examine our stressors and what are the biggest 'stones'. So; what you're going to do is add your stressors into the bucket. You can do this however you like; I just drew stones and wrote the stressor in the middle of each one.

Once you've done that, we are going to use a scale of 0-10 to rate the level of stress they are causing us right now: 0 being no stress and 10 being a huge-ass asteroid landing in the ocean.

Looking at the problems rated 5 or less, what can you do to change or manage them? For example; you might be really fed up with the trains or buses always being late. Here, we would work on acceptance and perhaps time-management to get an earlier bus or train.

This is a good example that there are some things in life we just can't control, annoyingly!

So what can we do in our day-to-day to start to minimize the impact that stress has on us?

If I were to answer this now, using numbers 1-10 for the questions:

1 - not at all
2 - a little
3 - not at all :(
4 - often
5 - not at all
6 - most of the time
7 - often
8 - not at all
9 - not at all
10 - most of the time

From this I can see that I am very isolated and feel unable to ask for help. I honestly have no idea how to talk about what's bothering me and it's just left to build and build. I miss my classes at the gym and being able to run so much, but I hope to be able to return one day and there may be things at university I can take part in. This also makes me see that my blog is a life-line for me and gives me a release/distraction.

That's all for this week! Next time we're talking food and mood! :)

Please feel free to leave comments about the exercises or email if you need to talk further.

See you next week! <3


  1. *saves*
    I need these in my life, especially since my stress levels are mounting again.

  2. Great post, thank you for sharing this honestly and openly with us!
    Always here if you need a chat

    Lyndsay xx


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