Do you know the story about a glass of water? If not, let me present it to you. This version is slightly modified by me.
How much do you think a glass of water weighs? 200 grams? 300 grams? Well, it all depends on how long I will be able to hold it in my hand. If I hold it for a minute or two, it will be relatively light. After fifteen minutes, I will probably start feeling its weight and it could cause me pain. If I hold it without any pause for an hour, most likely my hand will go numb and I’ll drop the glass on the floor.
As you can see, the weight of the glass is not that important. What really matters is how long I can hold it in my hand without interruption.
THE EXTERNAL FACTORS
We also have to remember about, let’s call them,’’the external factors’’. They play a huge role in my ability to hold the glass. You could, for instance, have a chronic medical condition like diabetes or Hashimoto. Or you are in a difficult life situation. I am sure you agree with me that it is more difficult for a single Mum to reconcile professional and private life. All these factors really matter.
A person in stress is like a glass of water. When you find yourself in a stressful situation for a short period of time, but afterward rest and re-charge your batteries, everything will be just fine. However, if you are exposed to stress daily, continuously, without rest, and if, on top of that, your ”external factors ” are difficult, you, like this glass, can ”drop down and fall apart”.
A SOUND MIND IN A SOUND BODY
How you deal with stressful situations and how you manage or eliminate the ‘external factors’ is essential to avoid getting sick from chronic stress. I will be happy to help you to become the ‘Zen Master’. And if you already feel you are burning out, together we can turn back this process by focusing on both: your body and mind as the proverb says: “A sound mind in a sound body”.
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