An old lecturer of mine, when explaining stress management to our class, raised a
glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water he asked?”
Answers called out ranged from 500g to 750g.
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 arm.
If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.”
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 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.
“So, guy’s, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don’t pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while.”
As simple as it is, this article is appropriate to each and every one
of you reading this. You either have now, have had in the past, or will
in the future experience very near debilitating stress. We all try to
“hold the glass of water” up too long, never finding time to put it down
for a rest. As a matter of fact, sometimes we aren’t even aware of how
long we have been holding the same “glass” up. We don’t realise how the
stress is wearing us down, until eventually it starts to erode our daily
quality of life a little at a time. We either “don’t know what we don’t
know” or we simply refuse to put the “glass” down because we may feel
guilty about not finishing some super-duper, really critical,
I believe the first step to “putting the glass down” is to start “draining the swamp.” What’s step one? Yes, you guessed it, the old reliable “Brain Dump.” Write everything you are currently doing down on a piece of paper, and work out what might currently be causing you stress and then try to eliminate it from your life if only for short periods.
If you just do this one thing you will be a giant step closer to getting control of your stress and your life.
Yours in health,