The Glass of WaterCategory: Newsworthy Notes
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question.
Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is the glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’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, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed.
In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
Lesson: It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
Be your first priority. You don’t have to wait until you’re exhausted or burnt out to take care of yourself. Make sure your basic needs are being met. Even pausing for a few minutes here or there and checking in with yourself can help you to stay balanced. When you observe any emotions that come up, you understand if something needs to be done.Regular maintenance to keep your balance in check will support your long-term mental and physical health. Don’t hesitate to seek and ask for help when you need it. Join a Support Group.