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 œhalf empty or half full question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: œHow heavy is this glass of water? Answers called out ranged with different weights.

She replied, œThe absolute weight doesn™t matter. It depends on how long you 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 paralysed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn™t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. She continued, œThe 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 paralysed – incapable of doing anything.

It’s important 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!