Glass of water analogy – but not as you know it

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I want to share with you a powerful lesson that a psychologist used during a mental health management session. As she raised a glass of water, the audience were all anticipating the ‘glass half empty/half full’ question. Instead she asked how heavy the glass of water was. Lots of eager guesses were shouted out but the answer was that the absolute weight did not matter; it depends how long you hold the glass of water for.

·         If you hold the glass of water for a minute, it’s not a problem.

·         If you hold it for an hour, your arm will begin to ache.

·         If you hold it for a day, your arm will feel numb and paralysed.

In each case, the weight of the glass does not change – but the longer you hold it the heavier it becomes.

The stresses and anxieties in life are like that glass of water, the psychologist explained. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. Think about them all day long and you will feel paralysed.

Remember to put the glass down and let go of your work stresses at the end of each day, even if only for a little while.  

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