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 4 ounces to one pound. 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. Take a while to just simply relax. Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don’t pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while. Life is short. Enjoy it! How do you enjoy your life after work? Do you take frequent vacations to rest your mind and body?

How you live your life out of the office is what will make you happy, (almost) stress-free and more fun to be around.

What tips about stress reduction do you have for our readers?


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JOANNE Victoria, The I Know What Works Coach, is the author of 7 books including Lighting Your Path - How To Create the Life You Want and Pushy For a Moment-Instant Solutions to Everyday Challenges. Joanne lives in the Seattle area. After professions such as Real Estate Broker/Owner, CFO of an investment company, CFO and Sales & Marketing Director of a home-building company, owner of New Directions, a business development firm as well as Gemma & Bixley, a coaching and consulting company, Joanne was ready for her next adventure, helping IT people live the life they want. Joanne took her business and personal development, added in several ounces of intuition and humor, along with studies in philosophy, Buddhism, and leadership, all to be the best qualified I Know What Works Coach ever. Joanne is the host of the "The San • IT Project Podcast", and partners with IT Professionals in Telecommunications, Technology, Entertainment and Mass Media whose work/life integration plan has imploded and who want more success, more confidence, more fun and more inner peace.
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Larry Tyler

Great Article. Stress should be the path less traveled.