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Stability zones

January 8, 2014

Stability Zones are our constants and anchors in a sea of uncertainty, doubt and change.  Imagine a 3-legged stool.  It can perform its function well.  However, if one of its legs comes loose or breaks, it can no longer keep its balance and you fall over.  Imagine a stool with 5 legs.  If one of the legs breaks or comes loose, the stool will still be able to function and hold you up because it has enough sturdy legs to maintain stability.  Of course, if 2 or 3 legs break the stool falls down.  Stability zones are those sturdy aspects of our lives that keep us upright and balanced.  The stronger they are the more they will maintain you should some things change.  Take some time to map out what your stability zones are and make sure you are looking after them and keeping a balance between them.

HOW TO…….

Draw a 5-pointed star on a large sheet of paper.

Label each point:

  • People
  • Places
  • Things
  • Beliefs/Ideas
  • Groups

Now write or draw in each triangle the items that are your zones. For example:

People are certain individuals who will be there for you – an old friend you only see once in a blue moon, but you can pick up where you left off.

Places are towns, buildings, scenes, a special corner of the house (‘my chair’) and so on.

Things – many people twiddle with their ring when anxious or lacking confidence, sometimes without realising it. Others keep a photo of family in their wallet or phone and look at it regularly throughout the day. If this is you, write ‘ring’ or ‘wallet’ under ‘things’.

Beliefs and ideas could be faith, environment, politics, or values – things bigger than yourself that help guide your life and behaviour.

Groups are informal or formal organisations, clubs and social networks where you belong or have membership or support.

Once finished, look over it a few times so you know you can access support to help you.  If there are any empty spangles, look around you and think of what you could do to add something in there.

Shine on!

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