You may have heard this story however, I feel it is worth bringing this up again, as it may help some of us in our present circumstances.
Taken from a reader in the February 2005 edition of the Holt Chronicle in North Norfolk UK.
When explaining stress management to an audience, a lecturer raised a glass or water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Varying answers were called out in response.
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 arm. If I hold it for, say, 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.
And that’s the way it is with stress. 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 are 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. Relax, pick them up later after you’ve rested.
Life is short, enjoy it!”
For those of us working from home, here are a few ideas:
- Take a break, do something different every hour or two
- Take a yoga class, either online at home or at a yoga studio
- Go for a walk around the block, or if you are fortunate to be near the sea, walk along the beach, or if you are near the bush, take a walk along a walking trail
- Read a book or magazine
- Pick up the phone and call a friend or family member
- Write a real letter, place it in an envelope, add a stamp, and mail it to a loved one, perhaps someone you are not able to visit
- Get into the garden, plant seedlings, dig out weeds, stop and speak to your plants
- Bake a cake – the smell of something baking in the oven is so soothing to everyone in the vicinity
Spring has sprung – enjoy your Spring!
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