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Stress Management Story

Stress Management Story

This short and amusing illustration of how to manage stress really hit home for us. There’s nothing like a good story to help us get the point, so check out the Glass of Water theory of stress management here:

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 8 ounces to 20 ounces.

The 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.” He continued, “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 put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.

“Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!”

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:44AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:44PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:50AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:07AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Thank you

1:30PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011


1:03AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Thanks Annie!

12:31AM PST on Jan 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:34AM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

Thanks for the info.

8:57PM PDT on Apr 29, 2010

I think creating a 2 or 5 year goal plan might be your best option, because it can help break down your future plans for both work and school in a step by step way where you aren't feeling so overwhelmed with everything.I find that physical exercise, sitting for meditation, not taking the moods or attitudes of others personally, and putting myself in the shoes of others before I speak all go a long way in managing stress and dealing with others.

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3:30PM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

This is SO TRUE. I have a terrible time putting burdens down. I guess I subconsciously think that, if I keep fretting about something, it will magically be resolved.

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