I recently saw a great post on John Assaraf’s FB page, teaching us about remembering to put the glass down. Here is the allegory he shared:
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.”
Remember to put the glass down.
Good one, right?
On this same topic, I received an email, yesterday, from one of my clients. At the end of her email, she wrote this:
“I also ended up not working this weekend, even though I knew it would be good to catch up on a few things so this week would be less crazy, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So, today, I’m trying to practice being on my side and not my case, as I’m realizing how much work there is to do this week.”
Have you ever worked in the evening or on a weekend to lighten your workload during the week? Or felt guilty because you didn’t?
When you work in your down time, you never get down time.
Down time is critical to your wellbeing. It improves your ability to cope, make good decisions, think clearly…not to mention, your overall joy.
Your play is as much a part of your success, as your work. There used to be an Xbox ad that summed this up with: Life is short. Play more. Catchy marketing slogan, no question, but also a good point.