This past weekend I went on a bike ride with a friend and as we enjoyed the beautiful Northern Michigan weather we discussed several items that were bringing stress into our life. As I reflect back on that conversation I am reminded of the fact there will ALWAYS be stress in our life. The main issue is HOW DO WE DEAL WITH IT. In today’s post, I would like to give you seven tips for dealing with your stress in a productive way.
1. Get connected. How are your connections to God and to others? Having healthy relationship connections is critical for dealing with stress.
2. Focus. There are things that bring stress that you can control and things you cannot control. FOCUS on the things you can control and take action on them.
3. Exercise. Get outside and take a walk or hike or run (get the heart rate up). Go to the gym and put in a solid, calorie-burning exercise. You will be surprised at how well you feel mentally after the workout.
4. Work on a goal. Personally, I love my Monday to-do list. I usually have about 20 items on it (from small to big daily and weekly goals). As I focus on the goals and accomplishing them I notice that my focus is removed from the stress items that I have no control over.
5. Turn off. Unplug from Social media, news, and other multi-media stimuli. In fact, take a 24-hour break from all media at least once a month (actually, try to do it at least once a week) and see how your stress levels improve.
6. Have fun! If you have done ALL YOU CAN on the items that bring you stress it’s time to set them aside and go have fun. Include others with you in your fun activity.
7. Set some boundaries. Get some limits on whatever or whoever is causing you stress. If you struggle with boundaries in your life then consider reading the book BOUNDARIES by Henry Cloud and John Townsend.
I trust these seven tips help you with your stress. Please leave a comment below on things that help you manage the stress that I might have left off. Also, please remember to like and share this post with others if you found it to be beneficial.