When I used to teach adult education stress management classes, I often began with this example about how we carry stress and hurt ourselves in the process.  

I’d hold up a glass of water.  Immediately everyone assumed they’d be asked: Is this glass half full or half empty?  Instead, I’d surprise the class and ask: How heavy is this glass of water?  The students would call out 8 ounces to 20. 

I then explained that the absolute weight really didn’t matter. The heaviness really got down to how long I held it. If I held it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I had to hold it for an hour, I’d have an ache in my arm. If for some reason I held it for my entire day, my arm would feel numb and basically paralyzed. 

Yet, in each case, the weight of the glass didn’t change, but the longer I hold onto it, the heavier it becomes. 

Stress and worries are like that glass of water. Think about them for a few fleeting moments and nothing happens. You’re OK. Hang onto stress and worries for a bit longer and they begin to hurt. Hold onto that stress and worry all day long? You will feel paralyzed and incapable of doing anything.

Always remember to put the glass down. 

That’s why we stop and breathe. 

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