: Stress

02-14-2012, 08:11 PM

This short and amusing illustration of how to manage stress really hit home for us. Theres nothing like a good story to help us get the point, so check out the Glass of Water theory of stress management here:
A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, How heavy is this glass of water?
Answers called out ranged from 8 ounces to 20 ounces.
The lecturer replied, The absolute weight doesnt matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, thats not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, Ill have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, youll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, its the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. He continued, And thats the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we wont be able to carry on.
As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When were refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.
So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Dont carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens youre carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.

Relax; pick them up later after youve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!