Stress – How heavy is your glass?

Stress – How heavy is your glass?


2:35 – 3:25 pm
14th of July

Room: Alpine Ash

Katy Dib

“A Professor of Psychology walked around a room full of students while teaching about stress management. To begin the lecture, the professor grabbed a glass of water.

As the professor raised that glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked if the glass was half empty or half full as part of the lesson. Instead though, with a smile on their face, the professor asked: ‘How heavy is this glass of water?’

Students called out answers ‘200 grams’ and ‘300 grams’ but he shrugged them off.

The professor replied: ‘The actual weight doesn’t matter. What really matters is how long I’ve been holding it. If I hold it for just a minute, it feels very light. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a whole day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. Any longer than that and I will be very tempted to give up and drop it. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

The professor continued: “The stresses and worries in life are like this glass of water. Carry them for only a short while and they’re manageable. Worry about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if we think about them all day long, or longer, we can begin to feel paralyzed and hopeless – incapable of concentrating or focusing on anything else.”

~ Author Unknown

Ongoing and persistent stress negatively impacts our well-being, placing us at greater risk of mental, physical, social, interpersonal and occupational issues. Managing the impact of work-related stress is a behavioral skill which we can all learn.

Self-care maximizes our personal and professional potential- leading to improved health and well-being, a greater sense of achievement, positive self-worth, positive social engagement, improved interpersonal relationships and occupational success.

The greatest gift you can give someone else is the gift of care for yourself. We need to look after ourselves to be available for others.

In this interactive workshop you will learn how to “put down your glass”

About the Presenters

Katy is an experienced and passionate psychologist with 15+ years of practice across a wide range of services including: Drug & Alcohol, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration Detention, Community Mental Health, Higher Education, and Private Practice.

She has worked in partnership with a wide variety of organizations such as Victoria Police, Public Transport Victoria, Deakin University, UnitingCare Family Services, SEDA and many schools to provide mental health innovation and training.

Katy is the Director and Principal Psychologist at Elysium Psychology; which is a large Melbourne- based group practice of 30+ staff. Elysium Psychology provides treatment to individuals for mental health issues; as well as provide couples therapy and training to the community.

Outside of work she loves to play netball and tennis and travel. She is also mum of three to Maiya, Hudson and Maverick, and yes she is a big Top Gun fan !

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