All Stressed Out and No One to Choke?

    glass2-190x140While at the airport yesterday I watched travelers doing what they do. Rushing, rushing, rushing. They struggle with the check-in machines, they get angry over baggage charges and then everybody’s favorite… security. Isn’t it fun? Shoes off unless you are under 12 or over 75, the laptop must be in its own bin, frisky pat downs and then

    the liquids… don’t get me started on the liquids.

    The bottom line is that it’s stressful. Travel isn’t all that’s stressful though… far from it. Work, kids, money, health, relationships, you name it, it can pile up on us.

    But the good news is this. Stress doesn’t have to own us, control us or even drain us. Yes, it rears its ugly head on a fairly regular basis but it’s how we handle it that makes the difference.

    My niece showed me a story yesterday that is a great lesson on stress and how we can better handle it. Read on Macduff…

    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!

    Isn’t that so true? Stress only has the power that we allow it to have. It’s like a stray dog; if we give it attention, it’s going to follow us home. If we ignore stress and keep our mind focused on the positive, stress will be stripped of its juice, and remain powerless. It’s a mental game though and it’s worth winning.

    Which reminds me of another great little nugget and with this I close…

    Whatever we allow into our mind tends to manifest in our lives
    If we continue to believe as we’ve always believed
    We’ll continue to act as we’ve always acted
    If we continue to act as we’ve always acted
    We’ll continue to get what we’ve always gotten
    If you want change in any area of your life
    All you have to do is change your mind

    Sincerely,

    MCA-sig-23