Once a Psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students.
She raised a jug of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “jug half empty or half full” question.
Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, “how heavy is the jug of water I am holding?”
Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple of pounds.
She replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this jug doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the jug to the floor. In each case, the weight of the jug doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”
As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued, “your stresses and worries in life are very much like this jug of water. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. No matter what happens during the day, by evening, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the night and into the next day.
If you feel the weight of the previous day’s stress, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to put the jug down.