From burnt-out light bulbs to a col­league’s body odour and a glove box that won’t stay shut, we’re all tol­er­at­ing things that are sap­ping our en­ergy and in­creas­ing our stress lev­els, says Chris­tine Field­house

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Tarub’s alarm clock goes off and she starts to wake up, aware that her bed sheets are feel­ing a lit­tle worn and rough. She picks up her dress­ing gown from the floor. She couldn’t hang it up the night be­fore be­cause the tag at the back has been bro­ken for two months.

Her shower isn’t work­ing prop­erly – it’s like a hosepipe – but Tarub hasn’t called any­one out to look at it yet.

She’s run out of con­di­tioner for her hair and find­ing some­thing to wear that doesn’t have a but­ton miss­ing, a stain on the front or a tear is a chal­lenge. Fi­nally, she puts her shoes on and she no­tices that the heels are wear­ing down.

Ev­ery tiny thing that isn’t work­ing well in Tarub’s life – from burnt-out light bulbs to holes in her tights – has an ef­fect on her and will sap some of her en­ergy. Be­fore she has even stepped out of the door, she’s feel­ing drained, and that’s be­fore she gets to the of­fice, where she’s an ad­min­is­tra­tor.

There’s an­other long list of is­sues there – a fil­ing tray that col­lapses when it’s hold­ing more than three files, a com­puter mouse that sticks, a col­league who sniffs all day long and a boss who stands over her shoul­der as she types and cor­rects her spellings be­fore she’s even had a chance to check her work.

An­noy­ances add up

Life coach Talane Miedaner says we tol­er­ate be­tween 60 and 100 things in our ev­ery­day lives, and they range from our part­ner’s bad breath and a friend who calls us af­ter 9pm, to a crammed in­box and pol­lu­tion.

We may put up with an un­sightly mole on our chin, a col­league’s bad body odour, a glove

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