Circles of control

Find new ways to adapt to or cope with a change or difficult situation. 

What are Circles of control?

Sometimes events or changes in our lives can seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to work out what to do next. 

Using Circles of control helps many people  cope. They can help people to plan their next steps when dealing with a difficult situation. 

Watch this short video to learn more about Circles of control. You can complete the activity in it to help you.

What to do next

Think of something which you are finding difficult currently, or which you know is coming soon. 

  • How can using Circles of control help you?

  • How might your circles change over time?

  • Try this activity with a small problem and then also with a larger, longer term challenge. See how the circles change. 

  • Is there anyone you know that you could share Circles of control with to help them with something too?

There are lots of other ways to help you feel in control. You can research these either online, at your local library or chat about them with friends. Make a list. Which will work for you?

Think about how you could use these alongside Circles of control, and consider how you judge which ideas you trust the most.

How do you feel now you have tried these ideas? What might you do differently and what will you keep doing?

More resources you might find useful

The British Red Cross has created a range of resources for building confidence and connecting with others. You can find out more about the project, or click the links below to get started.

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