Stress ManagementHandling stress can sometimes be difficult to do but I've found that having a little humor at different times when dealing with stress makes it so much easier.
Here's a little example of how to handle the stress: A young lady in front of the room, confidently walked around while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question. 'half empty of half full?'....she fooled them all..."How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you 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. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry it. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.
So each day before you go home from work or school, put the burden of work/life down. Don't carry it home...then pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax, life is short.
Here are some humorous ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
Don't let the stress get to you. Check with your physician for help with stress as medications are available to help ease the pain.
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