Posts Tagged ‘The Troubles Tree’

The Stress of Staying Stressed

August 29, 2009

I ran across this analogy in the course of my cyber-travels and thought it was worth sharing.


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.

hand-holding-a-glass-of-waterThe 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.

“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 (more…)

Good Night and Good Sleep!

January 4, 2009

woman-sleeping-glasses-on-bedEver notice how you don’t sleep as well when you go to bed with troubles on your mind? That’s a typical night for many of us—worrying about financial, job or relationship issues as soon as the light is switched off.

It recently dawned on me how to break this habit and drift off to sleep peacefully and joyfully, which naturally results in waking up well rested and energized!

What works for me might not work for you, but just in case it does, I wanted to share it with you.

A few days ago, I recalled the following parable: (more…)