Hello SOTGC community,
What do a glass of water and stress have in common? Not much, you might say, until you read this story I came across on Facebook.
A psychologist was teaching his students how to handle stress. He took a glass of water and showed it to the class in silence. Everyone was expecting questions like, “Is it half full or half empty?” Then, he raised the glass and asked, “How much does this glass of water weigh?” Answers ranged between 250 ml and 500 ml (that’s about 8 oz. to 17 oz.).
The psychologist responded: “Weight doesn’t matter. What matters is how long you are holding the glass. One minute, no problem. One hour, your arm will be sore. One day, your arm will be paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change. Only the length of time changes. The longer you hold the glass, the heavier it feels.”
Stress and worries are similar to a glass of water. The less you think about them, the less effect they will have on you. The more you think about them, the more your heart will hurt. And if you are constantly thinking about them, they will paralyze your mind.
When you come home, leave your stress and worries behind. Let them go before you go to bed. Put down the glass.
I took some liberties with the translation but you get the idea. Carrying stress with you long-term can damage your body and mind. Check out 10 possible health issues that may arise from holding on to stress.
Why is that?
Ask Your Gut
Dr. John Douillard, a well-known alternative medicine expert, explains in his blog the effects of stress on the gut. “80% of the body’s immunity is located in the Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue (GALT).” For the lymphatic system to function properly, it needs an alkaline environment. When you’re stressed, your body produces stress-fighting hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline, which are very acidic and create waste products, known as free radicals. Free radicals are “the leading cause of aging, disease, cancer, and death.” In this highly acidic environment, the lymphatic system is unable to drain and nourish your body and tissues properly.
Want to melt away your stress? Read my blog on FierceCMO on “5 Stress Busting Techniques.”
Bay Area ladies, I’m hosting a workshop on Stress Busting in An Always-Connected World on Saturday, April 18 in San Jose between 1PM and 4PM. Click here for details and to register.
Story credit: CAFFEINA Facebook page. The original story is in Italian.
Image by Demmy Stephanus (ymmed), freeimages.com.