A lecturer raised a glass of water and asked a group of college students, ‘How heavy is this glass of water?’ The answers ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, ‘The 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. 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.’
The WHO has named stress as a worldwide epidemic. It is indeed a scourge of the modern day living. Life today is very time pressured and competitive. But too much stress can affect your performance and drain your energy. It is important to devise own own techniques to manage stress.
Quote: “You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” – Charles F. Kettering