Stress Management. . . explained

Stressed out - This woman brought her work home with her
@barehugs (8984)
Canada
December 29, 2008 4:27pm CST
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 the 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 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. 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. * Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker. * 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. * The second mouse gets the cheese. * 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. * 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 colours, but they all have to live in the same box. *A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
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@tinkerick (1257)
• United States
29 Dec 08
That's an awesome metaphor and great advice. Thanks for sharing that! All too often we let the little things add up and burden us. We do indeed need to learn to let certain things slide off our backs.
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@williamjisir (22887)
• China
30 Dec 08
Hello barehugs. It is well said in the discussion. I picked one sentence from the discussion. Quoted, "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." Yeah, I have the case for three times to different people who borrowed my money without bothering to give it back to me, but it is ok because I have never bothered to ask my money back. I think that I can still live on without that sum of money. So I consider myself to be kind to them. It is true indeed that we are not supposed to bring any burden and stress home with us. We are supposed to live each new day a brand new one. I am trying to be a truly person enjoying the scenery on a detour. Thank you so much for the nice and wonderful discussion. Have a good time as always.
• China
30 Dec 08
Sorry I missed one important word. " I am trying to be a truly happy person..."
@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I love it barehugs. You said it all and it left me with such incentive. I really appreciate your words and I think that I might look at things a little differently now. Maybe one of the things you wrote are right for me in my case. Maybe my sole purpose for being in this world is to be kind to people. That can't hurt can it?
@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
11 Jun 09
I thank you for award of best response. I remember this post very well and I appreciate it as much now as I ever did. Such words of wisdom which offer such great incentive and encouragement. Thank you once again and I would hope that more people could see these words and learn how to live by them. Take care friend.
@savak03 (6691)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I loved this bearhugs. In fact I printed it off so I could share it with my daughter and use it as a mantra. The only one missing has been written in a country song. sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Keep them coming we all need a reality check occasionally.
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
29 Dec 08
Hi barehugs, I really like this discussion, some good common sense with some laughs as well. Thanks for letting me know that birthdays are good for me, I hope to have a lot more of them. Blessings.