Episode 49: Understanding Your Capacity Using The Bucket Theory

Understanding Your Capacity Using The Bucket Theory

Understanding Your Physical, Mental, and Emotional Capacity

You’re going along fine and then BOOM! Fibromyalgia flare! You try to figure out what pushed you over the edge this time and it all seems so minor.

But our mental, physical, and emotional capacity isn’t defined by one thing. Instead, our capacity is more like a bucket. All the little — and big! — things go in the bucket and add up. If you’re not careful, your bucket overflows and that’s when you trigger a flare.

The Bucket Theory is a way of understanding your capacity so that you can make better choices that lead to less pain, more energy, and fewer flare ups.

Key Points

  • At a certain point, your bucket gets so full that it spills over, and that’s when we have a fibromyalgia flare.
  • Don’t underestimate how global events are affecting you and using up your capacity.
  • When there are so many things that you can’t control using up your capacity, you have to be extra careful about what you can control.
  • Understand that you have a diminished capacity and less room for dealing with things right now. This means saying no more often so you can say yes to what you really want.
  • Tap into your intuition and ask the question, “What do I need right now?” Then, listen to the answer.
  • Adjust your expectations. We’ve got to live in this moment where we are right now with what we have right now. 

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