Stress Management

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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 doesnít matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."

"If I hold it for a minute, thatís not a problem If I hold it for an hour, Iíll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, youíll have to call an ambulance. In each case, itís the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And thatís 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 wonít 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 weíre refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Donít carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens youíre carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can."

"Relax; pick them up later after youíve rested. Life is short Enjoy it!"

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And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

  1. Accept that some days youíre the pigeon, and some days youíre the statue.

  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

  3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

  4. Drive carefully. Itís not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

  5. If you canít be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

  6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

  7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

  8. Never buy a car you canít push.

  9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you wonít have a leg to stand on.

  10. Nobody cares if you canít dance well. Just get up and dance.

  11. Since itís the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

  12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

  13. When everythingís coming your way, youíre in the wrong lane.

  14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

  15. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

  16. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

  17. 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 colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

  18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


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