Friday, July 25, 2008

Stress Management

A nice reminder:

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 8oz. To 20oz.

The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.”

“If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.”

“In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

He continued, “And that’s 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 won’t 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 we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. “

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work/life down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.”

“Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested.

Life is short. Enjoy!”


The Postl's said...

It seems so hard to remember that while you are in the heat of the moment. Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you soon, and as for "the master plan" and gymnastics she will decide what the superior sport is!! (Dancing of course) I may be biased though.

Anonymous said...

Good article and very true. The trick, of course, is how to put it down. Speaking of stress, since we know I am a proponent of gymnastics, dance and equestrian activities let us not forget yoga as a body and mind conditioning tool;very good for stress.