Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

A glass of water... dealing with depression analogy.

Hi everyone,
I came across this story today and thought it was a wonderful analogy to share.
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." It’s important to remember 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! -author unknown ~

Re: A glass of water... dealing with depression analogy.

Thanks LL for your story. It is a great analogy, especially for situations whenat the time it may seem trivial but as we continue to ruminate over it, it becomes a weight we carry around. 


I know one way for me to put down the weight is to talk to someone about it. Let it be a good friend or a professional like a counsellor at Kids Helpline, a good ear is a listenting ear Smiley Happy 


What about you? How do you put down your "glass"?