Let go of your Stresses!

by Stephen on February 27, 2013 · 134 comments

in Education

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: ”How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

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1 Dr. Pamplona February 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

Nice one

2 Aye Chan Aung February 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

Really a good story:-) thanks:-) It has clearly taught me how to deal with stresses 🙂

3 Rohan Ghige February 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

So simple but so true…

4 Arpeeta February 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Very Nice…

5 Dr. Pankaj Aneja February 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm


6 Jhen February 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Thank you for sharing..:-)

7 Anamika February 27, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Thanks a lot…

8 Anuradha Jyasekara. Monaragala February 28, 2013 at 1:31 am

Short but sweet!
Short but Valuable!

9 Ernest Nana Appiah February 28, 2013 at 4:24 am

This is indeed food for thought

10 TY February 28, 2013 at 4:55 am


11 Anoj Agarwala February 28, 2013 at 5:12 am


12 Maaz shaikh February 28, 2013 at 5:46 am

It is a great story.

13 Robik February 28, 2013 at 6:33 am

Enjoy the peace.

14 Chandrashekhar vishwakarma February 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

It’s really important to
remember to let go of
your stresses.
Thanks !!!

15 Neha February 28, 2013 at 7:25 am

It’s so simple but yet so difficult to implement. What I learned from this story we can introspect n re-introspect our own lives to bring that change from within.

16 Mosopefoluwa February 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

Thanks for this motivation

17 Chiboy February 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm

You spoke to me, thanks.

18 Nelson Malicdem February 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Wow! Thanks to the author and to the one who submitted this article. I am experiencing a challenge, as I read this it gives me peace. What exactly is on the article is what I am doing. My burden actually paralyzing me without knowing it. I should put down the glass of water that I’m holding. Thank you so much. God bless you!

19 Nirmesh March 1, 2013 at 2:13 am

This is really a very good article. Thanks to author & publisher of this story. This story is good for everyone

20 Noeme D. Catayas March 1, 2013 at 2:34 am

A very nice reminder. Thank you so much for sharing.

21 Hiwot March 1, 2013 at 2:58 am

Pointing directly towards me …. love it!!

22 Ezekiel mudi March 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Hmmmm! Very nice! Creativity of a high calibre.

23 Vibha March 4, 2013 at 6:01 am

Time management for stress! Only a second for stress is good.

24 Jhe March 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

Pretty nice.

25 Rajesh March 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

It really makes me cool… nice one… I feel like I am happy now.

26 Jay March 8, 2013 at 6:39 am

Good one.

27 Aditya March 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

The story given is extremely good, it is short but has a very good meaning in it.

28 Sandy March 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

Very nice lesson.

29 Radheshyam Gangave March 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

Nice one 😀

30 May ann Cabais March 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

Nice one..can relate, I’m so glad I’ve read it. Thank you!

31 Amit Dhara March 10, 2013 at 5:52 am

Great moral …

32 Santosh March 10, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Good one

33 Esther March 18, 2013 at 6:53 am

Wow!!! Right. Very right. Absolutely right. What should I say…thank you a lot.

34 Shilpa March 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Heart touching..very effective.. Thank you.

35 Iamwhoiam March 21, 2013 at 1:35 am

A very eye opening story….

36 Archana March 21, 2013 at 3:06 am

A very good tip to make life light.

37 Grace March 21, 2013 at 4:54 am

Nice one, thank you for sharing this story.

38 Manish Sharma March 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

Impressive and true thought.

39 Saran March 25, 2013 at 5:15 am

Ya, it’s a valid thought provoking idea. We need to forget all the things which make us feel worried or give us stress. Just be cool man….

40 Urvashi April 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Easily she taught, let stresses go.. nice.

41 Abhinav ksyap April 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Great one..

42 Sandip April 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

Loved this story. It’s true, don’t let stress heavier upon you.

43 Portia April 16, 2013 at 4:14 am

Nice one….never allow worries and stress hunt u down.

44 Gopal April 18, 2013 at 10:16 am


45 Ajay Singh Chandel April 21, 2013 at 2:08 am

It’s great…it will help lots of people…great work.

46 Ravi Jogai May 3, 2013 at 4:55 am


47 Anju May 17, 2013 at 2:14 am

Very Nice.. Thanx for sharing..

48 Devaraj May 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

It’s a short and sweet thought which I carried forward to my students. Thank u.

49 Veda June 13, 2013 at 3:26 am

Nice one

50 Priya Darshini June 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

It is a good one especially for me.. I will have to try to implementing it.. because it’s very difficult for me to leave the stress like a glass of water..

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