Under Pressure

This vignette has been on my mind a lot recently.

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!

Sitting here with my Masters thesis and a laundry list of work responsibilities looming over me, I began to feel that panicked clenching in my throat. All those awesome expletives run through your brain as you think of every possible excuse to delay the inevitable. Some way to procrastinate on one assignment so you can focus on another. Of course, you can’t devote every waking moment to these crucial deadlines. What about “me time”?! I want to do my hour at the gym! I want to sit down and have a nice dinner! I want to clean! I want to snuggle up to the Chad and watch Seinfeld!

But a friend reminded me that these things are neither life-threatening nor impossible. So after a little frustrating time at PoleKatz practice tonight (we’re working on choreography for an event that I cannot attend due to my Florida trip…), I got home feeling a little more determined. But writing on this is also aiding in my procrastination, therapeutic as it may be.

This Saturday will be tough – a double header of Supergirl and Pole 101. Guess I’ll work some planning for those classes in my life somewhere…



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