Stress management.

I find this week extremely dfficult to get through as it is in the middle of two vacations (the recess week and the reading week) and I feel a lack of motivation to do work. Even though people usually work really hard during those breaks but not having to go to school to attend classes is always something to look forward to. What makes things even worse is that these next 2 weeks will be the time for project deadlines, presentations, lab examinations among other smaller tests. So stress management comes in really handy at this time. I am not a guru at it but I’m trying to make myself more pleasant a person to be with during this period of time. I chanced upon this short story on Facebook the other day and I thought it was a pretty wise article. Sometimes we are caught in that debate about whether the glass of water is half-full or half-empty and we often forget that we can live life not thinking about the glass of water all the time. Life is too short to be stressed and miserable.:)


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 8 ounces to 20 ounces.

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 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.

“Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!”


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