Forgive me if you have read this short Stress Management story before, but I felt it would be a timely reminder for a group of people that I met recently. Enjoy!
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 all of 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, whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax. Life is short. Don’t pick them up again until after you’ve rested a while. They will then seem so much lighter.”
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.
· If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
· You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
· A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
To discover more about how MindStore’s training can help you or your colleagues at work answer: How could you put down your Stresses for a while? How can you make time to relax? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time, keep smiling.