Take it Easier in 2019

A psychologist walked around the room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected that they’d be asked the ‘half empty or half full’ question.

Instead, with a smile on her face, she enquired ‘how heavy is this glass of water?’

Answers called out ranging from 8 oz to 20 oz..

She replied ‘the absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, i’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralysed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it the heavier it becomes’.

She continued ‘the stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and the begin to hurt. If you think about them all day long, you feel paralysed – incapable of doing anything’.

Remember to put the glass down.

Some useful sources of advice:

https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/stress-tips.html

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/reduce-stress/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/stress/

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm?pdf=15118

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