Happiness

4 tips (from readers!) to decrease stress and enjoy summer more

A few weeks ago, I shared in an email newsletter that while I love summer, I often feel just plain stressed out with so many activities, even though they’re all good things. Many people replied back and said AMEN. While it made me feel better I’m not the only one who feels this way, it also made me sad that so many of us do!

But, I also got a few great tips via email replies from readers on decreasing stress and I wanted to share since they were so good! Hope you enjoy. Here’s to a less-stressful second half of the week!

I know how you are feeling oh so well. I love your tips! I have hid my phone from myself a lot lately! Oh my goodness I can’t tell you how freeing it is to turn off my phone during most of the day and check it here and there in the morning and sometimes at night… When I start to get overwhelmed and feel like I am in survival mode instead of THRIVING mode I PRAY HARD AND LONG for God to get me out of the yuck and rut and to CHOOSE JOY and to fight for gratefulness! When I start to see all the good in life and in Him man does my heart feel so much lighter. Girl I challenge you to write down ten things your thankful for or maybe only two everyday and I bet you will be thriving in no time! Love your newsletters!!!! ~ Bobbi

Hey Teri. Great list! We have such different lives (I’m a stay at home mum with 3 kids living in Australia) but all of those things ring true for me as well. Regarding your “done” list, my friend and I have a “to do” list and a “ta-da” list so at the end of the day we can ask each other what is on our “ta-da” list. And it does make us feel like we have accomplished something! Even if it’s just made the school lunches and got uniforms ready. Ta-da! And it’s always easier to give advice than to take it, particularly our own advice. Good for you and thanks for sharing xxx ~Renae

When I try to do everything I end up getting nothing done. ~Caitlin

I HIGHLY recommend the book “Essentialism” by Greg Mckeown. Put it on your summer reading list! I swear, you’ll be less burned out and more excited about the things you choose to put your energy into.  ~Elissa 

Love all these tips, and I bought that book and I can’t wait to dig in! I’d love to hear from you in the comments with your tips for decreasing stress while still appreciating all the good, many, plentiful things life has to offer.

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