ACT and Energy Conservation


Q:  What do I do when things go wrong?

A:  Pause and stay calm!

pause and stay calm

When things go wrong our natural reaction is to react, usually not very positively!  All sorts of uncomfortable thoughts and emotions surge through us.  Of course they do, we are human!

In ACT though, we are learning that after the initial reaction we do have a choice.  We can take a deep breath, pause and make a choice.  We can choose to respond in a more considered way.  We can choose how we are going to use our energy, our precious energy.  We can choose what happens here.

When we discover the power of the pause things can change.

I wrote “ENERGY CONSERVATION” to remind me of that.


  • How good are you at energy conservation?
  • Do you practice the power of the pause?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.







It’s in the being willing that some peace at last we find,

When we set aside the struggle and observe what comes to mind

In a spirit of acceptance, without judgement, without fear,

We’re not swept away by impulse, we can choose what happens here.

There’s a pause that we have practiced long enough to make it stick,

We’ve conserved our precious energy and now we get to pick

Where we’re going to deploy it, maybe here or maybe there,

For when we’re not caught in struggle we have energy to spare.

And though it may still be tempting to fall into those old traps,

Every time that we resist them, every time we don’t relapse

Becomes another little victory which gradually will build

Into a set of better habits, where we’ve now become more skilled

At selecting other options, not for us a spat today,

There’s a sunset with our name on, there’s a joy won’t brook delay,

And we have learned that in our willingness we’ve strength on which to call,

Because our struggles are redundant if we just accept it all.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “ENERGY CONSERVATION” please pass it on, and do leave your comments.  I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

ACT has many applications!  When I was thinking about it in relation to energy conservation I surfed around and I came across a really interesting article at the ACBS Website.

It is entitled “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Insomnia” by Dr Guy Meadows, a sleep physiologist.

For those of us who suffer from insomnia, and thankfully these days thanks to ACT I have more restful than sleepless nights, it is definitely worth checking out.

Essentially Dr Meadows suggests that,

“It could be more effective to teach patients to adopt a more accepting attitude towards what spontaneously arises when experiencing difficulty sleeping.  The greater willingness to experience poor sleep results in fewer struggles, less arousal and paradoxically greater levels of sleepiness.”

Sleepless nights are horrible.  Anything that helps to alleviate them has to be worth a look!

ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

Just-for-today-I-will not fight


How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes


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Corinne Shields

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, erstwhile teacher for thirty plus years, and permanent student. I have long been interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoy writing inspirational poetry. Hence the publication of this blog at ACT Made I play golf badly, piano a little better and I love reading, writing, and all things French. I divide my time between Wales and France and enjoy travelling with my husband, Len and my dog Charlie.

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