A Yogi walked around the room bare-footed, wearing his white robe. He was in stark contrast to his audience, who were all executives from a large corporate.
The Yogi looked at his audience benevolently and then took out a stone from his bag. He asked his audience how heavy they thought the stone is. The room rang with answers ranging from 2kgs to 8kgs. A few people asked to hold the stone before they could answer the question.
The Yogi smiled and said they are all correct as the absolute weight of the stone does not matter. He said,” If I hold it for a minute, it is weightless. But if I were to hold it for 10 mins, my hand will ache. If I held for a day, maybe my hand will go numb.” He then continued, ” The stress that you have is just like that stone. Think about it for a short while and nothing will happen. However, if you cling to it all day long, you will go numb and won’t be bale to do anything. Remember to put that stone down before you go home.”
This Yogi’s word rings true for all of us as well. Stress may be a fact of life, but being stressed is not. Stress can not only impact you mentally, but can have an effect on your physical well-being. Eliminating stress from your life is a matter of choice and the good part is, you get to choose.
Effective management of stress requires balancing between work, rest and exercising. While we do rest to recover from the fatigue, we forget the importance of exercise. Being physically active reduces the stress hormones and increases your endorphin levels. Cycling, running, yoga or a work-out in a gym ——– just choose your favourite activity and get busy.
Practise relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation. Consciously and progressively work through your body to tense every muscle for ten seconds and then release. Take your mind to a nice and happy place. Think about happy thoughts.
Whenever you get extra tensed, remember ———– THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
—— William James.