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100 More DWL - Day 50 Empty bucket


• Write a list of things that drain your emotional energy.

• Write a second list of things that build your emotional energy back up.

• Evaluate the current level of your emotional bucket and plan ways to improve it daily.


• Write a list of things that drain your emotional energy.

- not getting enough sleep
- having a deadline that is looming and I am scrambling to finish in time
- having a disagreement with DH or the kids
- trying to deal with my brother's unrealistic lifestyle
- keeping up with paperwork and housework
- dealing with a malicious person
- dealing with a mentally ill person
- being with critical or loud or aggressive people

• Write a second list of things that build your emotional energy back up.

- spending time with a baby - I love, love, love babies
- enjoying attending my family's activities
- working on the farm in any capacity
- hiking
- swimming outdoors
- almost any cardio workout
- being outdoors
- feeling part of an intelligent conversation
- being with like-minded people
- being effective in helping someone

• Evaluate the current level of your emotional bucket and plan ways to improve it daily.

I have learned to give from the overflow of my teacup and keep my teacup full to replenish and nourish my own well being. I enjoy giving, I try to give in a balanced way that is helpful but doesn't drain me

I am in a good place right now, may it last

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DAY #50 EMPTY BUCKET - ROUND 2

My Emotional Bucket has felt empty for some time now and I can't seem to get it full enough. It is actually depressing me and that is really troublesome to me because, as Linda tells us, "when your bucket is empty for too long you can struggle with depression, low elf-esteem, and lost motivation". I have worked so hard in recent years to get over these feelings that I do not relish the thought of them taking control.

WHAT DRAINS MY EMOTIONAL ENERGY?

- People: Although people might describe me as an outgoing/extrovert kind of personality, I wonder if I am actually more of an introvert. Like, Gill, I find that too much exposure to other people it emotionally exhausting. I just got home from a Girlfriend W/E (that I had to plan all by myself) and you would think I would feel energized, but I am absolutely exhausted! They say it is not healthy/good to isolate yourself from others. Guess I better work on finding a balance here.

- Weather: Here in Michigan we have had the worst spring anyone can remember in some time. It has been so cold, cloudy, and rainy that it seems like that is all anyone can talk about! I feel so much better when the sun shines, but I cannot control the weather. I have seriously considered getting one of those lights for SAD although I already take Vitamin D every day which I thought should help.

- Chaos: I have several small areas of clutter in my house and I hate it! For some time now I have been trying, without success, to commit to a COZI schedule for cleaning. I feel like I take one step forward and two back. We have also had several home projects that we planned for this spring and NONE of them have gone well which has been stressful beyond words for both me and DH.

WHAT FILLS MY EMOTIONAL ENERGY?

Here are some things that filled my Bucket in Round 1 of this lesson:
1. Journaling
2. Coffee Creamer
3. Browsing in a Book Store
4. Hair Day at the Salon
5. Walking in Nature
6. Some time Alone
7. Staying Organized & Eliminating Chaos
8. Simplifying my Life
9. Tending to my Garden
10. Being Crafty
11. Enjoying a restaurant meal of Quality Food
12. Relaxing with a glass of wine on my patio
13. Rejuvenation Yoga
14. Spending time with friends that have Positive Energy

Here are some additional things I listed from my First Aid Kit for an Emotional Cold in lesson 38:
1. Relax in my jammies all day and don't worry about "having to do" anything
2. Read - all day!
3. Watch the TV shows/movies I WANT to watch
5. Take a nap with a cuddly blanket
7. Run my Oil Defuser with an Energy Oil
9. Check in with SP Friends and articles
10. Search computer for Uplifting Quotes & Images
13. Get creative with my crafts
14. Use Take-Out food instead of laboring over the stove

And here are even more that I listed on Day 33 to Create Some Joy:
1. Sitting in a beautiful garden.
3. Feeling soft carpet under my bare feet.
4. Relaxing music.
7. Spending time with my DD.
8. Traveling/Sightseeing.
9. Smelling soaps, creams, candles.
11. A relaxing shower when I feel dirty and/or sweaty.
12. Feeling soft things like our dog or cat or sweaters, or blankets.
13. Sitting around a campfire.
14. Looking at the big lake.
21. Roaming through an Art Gallery or some other Display.
22. Going to the movies.
23. Watching the sun set.
24. Visiting a Botanical Garden.
25. Attending Art & Craft Shows.
26. W/E mini-vacations.
28. Gratitude Lists

TODAY I AM GOING TO:

Print a list of these things that fill my bucket and bring me joy and keep that list close at hand for easy access to review when I feel myself in a slump. Even if I do just one of them I am sure to feel a bit better.

LIVE- LOVE- LAUGH!


Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 5/21/2019 (13:00)
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Day 50 - Empty bucket

Emotional energy is essential to living in a healthy and balanced way. By taking care of your emotional bucket at intervals, you’ll prevent it from getting so low you feel drained and empty. Each day, plan a few things that will fill your level of emotional energy back up, even just a little.



Today

• Write a list of things that drain your emotional energy.



These things drain my energy:
Health problems
Certain people
Household repairs
Paying bills
Wanting to declutter house but keep putting it off and the problem is still there
Not getting enough sleep



• Write a second list of things that build your emotional energy back up.
Certain loving and caring people
Happy phone calls
Music and dancing
Visits from family and friends
Pets
My garden and flowers
Watching birds and butterflies
Reading inspirational thoughts
Watching movies
After exercising I feel invigorated!

• Evaluate the current level of your emotional bucket and plan ways to improve it daily.
Currently about half full. Need to get more rest.





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The most effective sleeping pill--peace of mind.
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100 More DWL - Day 50 Empty bucket

Emotional energy is essential to living in a healthy and balanced way. By taking care of your emotional bucket at intervals, you’ll prevent it from getting so low you feel drained and empty. Each day, plan a few things that will fill your level of emotional energy back up, even just a little.

• Write a list of things that drain your emotional energy.
Clutter, Overthinking things, Negative people, Lack of sleep, Difficult people,

• Write a second list of things that build your emotional energy back up.
Aqua aerobics - especially the nigh kick move, Having a list of things and getting items checked off, my darling husband, my friends both here and on Spark, flowers and tending my garden, reading, doing crossword puzzles with my dh

• Evaluate the current level of your emotional bucket and plan ways to improve it daily.
Yesterday went to Aqua and loved it, although I arrived late the first move was my favourite high kick! Have booked for next week and intend to keep doing it while I can.
I agree with Maribeth that patience needs to be encouraged for both me and my MiL. I encouraged her to walk and return to the activities she did before fracturing her ankle.
Did some weeding my garden and plan to do more Saturday.


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As an adult I discovered that I am basically an introvert and am easily exhausted emotionally, physically and mentally by too much exposure to other people. Consequently I have learned that running and walking on my own is of great benefit to me.

My bucket felt quite empty at work today, and I was very happy to be able to walk away from it at 3.30pm! My holiday starts here! Taking regular holidays at work (at least a week every three months) helps me to refill my bucket! Having a day off every week helps me refill my bucket.

I've also learned not to schedule too many things to do in one day!

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Days 41-50 ~ Separate Emotions and Food

Food and...feelings, fun, memories

Food tracing, safe places, disappointment

Food replaces love, stress is not life, laugh away stress

Day 50 Empty bucket [recharge energy levels]

Difficult people wear me out. Don't try to change them.
~ I can only improve my behaviors and happiness ~
Take a meditative walk then bath, get in touch with nature, talk to a friend,
spend quiet time reflecting on blessings. Take a nap with Buddy
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Day #50 Empty bucket

What drains me:
negative people
procrastination
getting older and physical changes

What fills me emotionally:
coffee with my best friend
traveling, adventures
a walk in the park
my Hygge spot
Lessons from Linda’s books that keep me moving forward!

Daily:
I need to learn to make my own plans and go with the flow when plans change.
I need to learn to fix things myself or who to call.
I need to give myself as much care and concern as I do others in my life.


Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 5/10/2019 (08:04)
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Today

• Write a list of things that drain your emotional energy.
difficult people, boredom, lack of sleep, worry, dwelling on the worry,

• Write a second list of things that build your emotional energy back up.
writing, praying, creating, taking a nap or getting to bed earlier, reading, getting a new book or new stationery supplies, browsing a book store or even the book, craft, or stationery sections of Walmart, hugging my family, doing something for them, sometimes even doing a chore I want to put off helps get me out of the funk.

• Evaluate the current level of your emotional bucket and plan ways to improve it daily.
write and pray are at the top.

~ Renee, AR, USA, CST ~ Live Aloha! ~
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100 More DWL , Day 50 Empty bucket
Emotional energy is essential to living in a healthy and balanced way. By taking care of your emotional bucket at intervals, you’ll prevent it from getting so low you feel drained and empty. Each day, plan a few things that will fill your level of emotional energy back up, even just a little.

Today

• Write a list of things that drain your emotional energy.

• Write a second list of things that build your emotional energy back up.

• Evaluate the current level of your emotional bucket and plan ways to improve it daily.

Days 41-50 completed!


You’ve come this far in your 100 days… Don’t stop now. If you’re struggling to stick with it, push yourself to finish one more day. You’ll immediately be another day closer to achieving your weight-loss goals. Just do one more day!

Any time I get at cross purposes with someone for a simple miscommunication, I get frustrated and it drains my emotional energy. When I know that a relative or friend is meeting especially difficult challenges in life it drains my emotional energy. When my body has an extra bout of physical pain, like tendonitis in both forearms that is debilitating, I feel drained. Sometimes I feel empty and just completely depleted.

I've got to think of more things that fill my emotional energy bucket beside prayer, although that is my main go-to solution. Listening to my dog snore, doing mazes or crossword puzzles helps. Certain music helps. Talking to my partner or friend helps. Just sitting silently, doing nothing helps. Pampering my body with lotion, brushing my hair, asking for a foot massage, painting my fingernails, coloring, making greeting cards, reading a good book...those are all things that refill my emotional energy.

I'm still grieving the loss of a life-long friend in late June. I know that grief runs its own course and I have to be patient...but that has emptied my emotional bucket so I do what I can each day to refill it a little at a time. Self-nurturing helps.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

Injoy:) Carolyn

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• Write a list of things that drain your emotional energy.
Biggest drain for me is having lots of little things that need to be done -- and sometimes hard to know where to start as it's like some of the actions can't be done before others take place, yet finding where to start seems difficult, too.

Also difficult dealing with negative people as others have noted!

• Write a second list of things that build your emotional energy back up.
emoticon Getting things on my list checked off.
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emoticon Reading a good book or watching a well done movie.
emoticon A good workout that makes me sweat, but still feels do-able even if challenging. -- (as opposed to the yoga class I attended yesterday that was way overcrowded, couldn't see the teacher well, and that had too many swiftly moving vinyasas with advanced balances that I couldn't figure out modifications for -- AND was billed as a beginner's class. Teacher's suggestion for if we didn't want to do a move was child's pose....I didn't drive all the way into town to do child's pose for the better part of an hour!)

• Evaluate the current level of your emotional bucket and plan ways to improve it daily.

My emotional bucket has had a fairly good supply since June (the closing on my Mom's house). There have been a few "dips" in the level, but it helps me to maintain daily exercise and food tracking. These actions make me feel like I'm in charge.

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Day 50 Empty bucket "By taking care of your emotional bucket at intervals, you'll prevent it from getting so low you feel drained and empty. Each day, plan a few things that will fill your level of emotional energy back up, even just a little. Build your emotional energy back up. "
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What drains my bucket are people who complain about their lives and you help them and offer easy solutions, but they don’t make any attempt to help themselves but continue to ask for help. I feel guilty if I don’t help, but they take your energy away.

I lost two sisters in their 60s. I miss them every day. I have two wonderful children and two grandchildren. I have nothing to complain about. I try to live by the theory .......when life hands you lemons......make lemonade.

Each morning I look in the mirror and say you can have a good day or a bad day......it’s up to you!

I’m Grateful that I found this team and found Linda’s books!
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One day at a time!


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What drains my bucket - Like so many stress, pressure. I call that 'life' actually because it's hard to avoid stress. I've never really had a problem with depression until my son died (3 years ago this month). Life has not, and won't be, the same. BUT I know that he would not want me to be depressed, not have fun, not live life to it's fullest. My sister wouldn't either. I lost my sister in March this year. I'm coping and I have ways to 'fill my bucket.'

Grandchildren; reading; art; my faith; yoga; meditation; journaling to name a few.


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Draining are every day crisis dealing with life
To balance since I don’t fill
Spending time at the pond, having projects to do, doing for others, sending cards for birthdays, anniversary’s, get well, finding reasons not to be in the house

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Day #50 Empty Bucket

My bucket seems to empty out quite quickly at times. I have been a pessimist most of my life; a "glass (or bucket) half full" kind of person. I also deal with a mild form of depression (no medication required). So keeping my Emotional Bucket full is something I have specifically tended to over the past couple of years. I have worked at removing many of the negative things in my life that drain my bucket and I have filled it up with more positive things.

Here are some things that fill my Bucket:
1. Journaling
2. Coffee Creamer
3. Browsing in a Book Store
4. Hair Day at the Salon
5. Walking in Nature
6. Some time Alone
7. Staying Organized & Eliminating Chaos
8. Simplifying my Life
9. Tending to my Garden
10. Being Crafty
11. Enjoying a restaurant meal of Quality Food
12. Relaxing with a glass of wine on my patio
13. Rejuvenation Yoga
14. Spending time with friends that have Positive Energy

This list is a bit of a "work in progress". I am trying to track my schedule to determine just how busy I can be before I feel overwhelmed and drained. In my journal I write a daily Attitude of Gratitude that seems to help fill my bucket. And, after reading Gill's post, it has occurred to me that I need to limit the time that I spend with people who I love, but drain me; as I seem to have a lot of Eeyores in my life

Today I DO NOT HAVE TO GO anywhere that I don't want to! This will fill my bucket. I am going to work on the pile of laundry I have. I am going to the Y as my Fitness Schedule indicates today is a ST day. I am stopping by my favorite Baker to pick up fresh bread. I am stopping by a Card & Paper Shop to pick up a humorous Get Well card for a friend.

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Because I’m retired, have a nice nest egg because I’ve never overspent, have good health and a home that’s old but ours, I find myself feeling guilty after being so honest about these lessons.
But, these are my true feelings and if I want to enjoy these “golden years” I really need to do the work of facing some negative stuff.

Day #50 Empty bucket
😔What drains me:
negative people (sometimes it’s me)
sitting, skipping exercise, procrastination
waiting (for things to get fixed, for plans to be made)
🦋What fills me emotionally:
coffee, lunch or days out with friends
once a month meetings with “the girls”
traveling, adventures
my Hygge spot
🤗Daily:
I need to learn to make my own plans
I need to learn to fix things myself or who to call
🛶Bottom line, I need to “pack my own parachute” and “row my own boat”!

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As someone who works irregular shifts, I keep very good eye on my diary and make sure that I plan nice things, or restful things to do when I'm not at work. I've also learned not to say 'yes' to everything and find myself rushing from one nice thing to another - which makes all the nice things less nice! So I allow more time between things, so that I can fully enjoy each activity.

Today I am working at 3.30pm to 10pm. This morning I have done yoga - that was an energizer. Now I'm going to take a stroll along the sea-front to put some recycling in the big bins which are about 10 mins walk away from me. That will be an energizer too.

I have a day off planned for Friday and am going to go out for a walk with a friend - taking a picnic lunch. She can be a bit of a 'drain' at times - so I limit how much time I spend with her! That probably sounds a bit brutal - but I'm being honest! She is someone I like to spend time with, and enjoy having her in my life, but too much time with her exhausts me! Good things in small doses!

I think this is a very important lesson - finding out how to not let our emotional buckets run dry!

Planning my meals - eating well. Taking my vitamins. Doing my exercises. These things all help. As does always having a good book near at hand!


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 8/6/2018 (06:31)
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Day 50 Empty bucket

Emotional energy is essential to living in a healthy and balanced way. By taking care of your emotional bucket at intervals, you’ll prevent it from getting so low you feel drained and empty. Each day, plan a few things that will fill your level of emotional energy back up, even just a little.

Today

• Write a list of things that drain your emotional energy.

• Write a second list of things that build your emotional energy back up.

• Evaluate the current level of your emotional bucket and plan ways to improve it daily.

Days 41-50 completed!


You’ve come this far in your 100 days… Don’t stop now. If you’re struggling to stick with it, push yourself to finish one more day. You’ll immediately be another day closer to achieving your weight-loss goals. Just do one more day!

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