Stress – Your Choice
I am often reminded of the story about the Psychologist who was teaching her class about Stress Management.
As she picked up a glass of water from the table, all of her pupils expected that standard question of “Is the glass half empty or half full?
However many were surprised when she asked “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers were ranging from 10 ounces through to 30 ounces when she interrupted the class to say “The actual weight doesn’t matter, what really matters is how long you need to hold on to it!”
You see if I have to hold this glass for a short while,let’s say 1 minute, it is not a problem, if I need to hold it for 1 hour, my arm will probably start to become painful, 2 hours, even more pain. All day, my arm will probably become numb and possibly paralysed.
The actual weight of the glass does not change, but the longer I hold on to it, the heavier it becomes.
The stresses and worries of life are just like this glass of water. The longer that we hold on to them, the heavier they become.
Feel the stress for a short while, not a problem, hold on to it for a little longer and the pain starts, continue to hold on to it all day and you can start to feel numb, paralysed, unable to function, incapable of doing anything.
She went on to say how important it is to let go of stress at the earliest possible opportunity, put it down. Don’t carry it with you, throughout the day, in to the evening, in to the night, on through the following days, weeks and months.
Remember to put the glass down.
It was Hans Selye who said “It’s not the stress that kills us; it’s our reaction to it”
When we learn to manage the energy flow through our bodies, using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and other Energy therapies, we realise that we do have the power within us to let go of those daily stresses of life, not to take them on board.
To be able to put the glass down and get on with living our lives in the best possible way, as we were always intended to do.