Stress Bucket Worksheet

This can be used with the Behaviour is Communication powerpoint as part of a staff development activity or with an individual who maybe feeling overwhelmed with life.

The stress bucket provides a visual representation of every day and underlying challenges we face, how resilient we are, what coping strategies we have and what happens when the power of the stressors outway the power of the coping strategies. (The bucket spills over).

I have used successfully on a number of occassions, to help young people who are autistic, have ADHD, have anxiety or are neurotypical. It helps illustrate why they might be losing their temper, avoiding situations or feeling overwhelmed. It helps illustrate when someone needs to spend more time on their coping strategies or self care such as exercise, music, time with pets and so on.

Here’s a video I use with some young people to explain the stress bucket. If this is quite advanced, I do a simplified version by hand on the white board.

I hope you find the stress bucket as useful as I have.

Please note, the blue stress bucket image for illustration purposes is taken from Google images and is not my work or included in the download.

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Created: Nov 24, 2019

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