Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 36: Stress Management

Tonight I'm exhausted and so instead of wracking my brain about something to write I'm going to share a really awesome email about stress management that someone sent me (ps. I do not know the original author - if you do, send it to me and I'll post it).

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 20g to 500g.

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 or whatever is bothering you 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, my friend, 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.'

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of  life:

*  Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
And some days you're the statue.

*  Always keep your words soft and sweet,
Just in case you have to eat them.

*  Always wear stuff that will make you look good
If you die in the middle of it..

*  If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be  vague.

*  If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
It was probably worth it.

*  It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

*  Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
Because then you won't have a leg to stand  on.

*  Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.

*  When everything's coming your way,
You're in the wrong lane.

*  Birthdays are good for you.
The more you have, the longer you live.

*  You may be only one person in the world,
But you may also be the world to one person.

*  Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

*    We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box. 

*A  truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.  


  1. Love this one: *A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

  2. I am sending this to my 17 year old daughter, to help her cope with stress at school. This is so true, I was stressed yesterday and took time to watch a movie, I feel much better today.