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Stress Management

Handling 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:

  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
  • Always keep the words soft and sweet, in case you have to eat them.
  • Drive carefully...it's not only the cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  • Never buy a car that you can't push.
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well...just get up and dance.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


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.

Check out our new website for additional resources about mental illnesses as well as stress. www.mentalhealthamericajc.net or www.mentalhealthamericajc.org


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