Stressed? Read This:

Via INKnBURN’s Facebook Page

“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.”

Here is what some of our ambassadors do for stress management. Remember, relax and enjoy. Life is short!


How do I handle stress?

Yoga , Nature & Meditation. Yoga has been remarkable for me as a stress reliever, mind and body. I don’t think I could do without yoga in my life. It’s where I retreat to for centering and calmness. Plus it’s awesome for stretching out runners muscles and making for a stronger run. And nature, especially the ocean has a calming effect on me. Running by the ocean is a plus plus and add some wind and I am in a happy place! Meditation takes more practice and putting in the time to train (just like running). But the benefits for outreach the time spent training your mind to be still.

What do you do for stress management?

3 thoughts on “Stressed? Read This:

  1. Great post, Susan. I love the lecturer’s analogy about holding the glass of water — it’s a great reminder that there’s only so much we can carry before we need to let ourselves rest! And there are certain things we start to develop as “triggers” for that calm feeling, like the sound of the ocean is for you. For me it’s focusing on the subtle sounds of nature, like bird chatter, for instance. I’m calmer just thinking about it! 🙂


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