A therapist 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:
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.”
Want to lower your stress? Remember to lower that glass!
So…how to lower it?
I offer a wide range of stress reducing tools in my video course The Anxiety Cure – from Thought Mastery to Sensory Meditations To Breathing Exercise – all of which will help to reduce worry and anxiety and get you feeling calm and confident.
Here’s a simple breathing exercise (below) which I learned in Ishta Yoga Teacher Training – it’s called Nadi Shodhana Pranayama.
Even doing a few minutes of Nadi Shodhan Pranayama can help release whatever’s stuck in mind and heart – and thereby also your body.
nadi = subtle energy channel
shodhan = cleaning, purification
pranayama = breathing technique
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.