5 Tips – How to Endure Through the Stress & Struggle

No, my 5 tips are not pizza, ice cream, bingeing Netflix, coffee or alcohol. Studies have shown they don’t work well in the long-term… There are going to be...

No, my 5 tips are not pizza, ice cream, bingeing Netflix, coffee or alcohol. Studies have shown they don’t work well in the long-term…

There are going to be times in your life where you feel so overwhelmed and stressed beyond belief. Perhaps you or someone else you know is in that time right now. You’ll be sitting down, thinking “how on earth is this going to work…”

Then comes the stress headaches where your brain feels like it wants to come out of your head. Your thoughts are like a swarm of bees and you just can’t seem to focus on anything. At that time, it seems impossible to see past even just a week.

Worst of all, you might feel like a disappointment and that you’ve failed the very ones you love the most. You probably think you’re all alone and that no one has your back. Whatever the trouble may be: financial, mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, relational anything – listen – no matter where you are, it’s not the end of the road. You have the power to determine how these tough times shape you. I’ve got 5 practical, easy to-do tips on how to produce the best outcomes, plus a bonus tip that trumps them all.

1) Make a list of everything you have to decide/do and everything going on.

Stop trying to think about everything all at once and just write it all out on a piece of paper. After writing down each item, create a to-do list with a realistic timeline starting with things you can start doing now. I like to just plug stuff into my calendar app so I can see everything I need to do within the next couple of weeks. The main point is to transcribe everything from your brain on paper. Most people are visual processors, so when you write out everything and look at it, your brain will have a much easier time processing!

2) Get thinking about the end game. The big picture.

Think big and write out all of your long-term goals in life. You’ve got to get your mind out of the storm so that you can see the big picture. Every day when you wake up, find a notepad and write 5 goals about where you want to be from this very day. After that, write down a couple of things you can do TODAY, big or small, to get you just a little bit closer to those goals. I got this idea from Grant Cardone. Check out his book :The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure. I guarantee you will feel motivated after reading it.

3) Write down some takeaways or lessons learned.

This will be tough, but while you’re in the middle of the storm ask yourself through each step “what did I just learn from that?” Always try to connect or transfer everything you’re enduring to a lesson. If someone was going through what you’re going through right now, what would you say to them? What would you advise them? Write it down, you will probably find yourself helping someone going through something similar not too long from now.

4) Phone a friend – Find a mentor.

It’s okay not to have all the answers. Tap into your network and seek out good wisdom from people who have been through similar storms of life. But be mindful of who you get your advice from. You wouldn’t get financial advice from someone who’s drowning in credit card debt and late payments. You’d get your advice from people who’ve overcome the storm and can now provide useful insight into your life. Robert Kiyosaki admits in his book Rich Dad Poor Dad the only reason he became as successful as he did was because of a good mentor! You’d be surprised how many people are actually willing to help. Listen to what they have to say and be encouraged by the fact that you’re not alone!

5) Stop insulting yourself and start cultivating the right mindset.

So many people beat up on themselves emotionally, telling themselves that they’re not good enough, and they end up destroying their own confidence. You should NOT be your own worst enemy. Start motivating yourself in a positive way by telling yourself you can make it through and that you can achieve great things. Tony Robbins talks all about this concept in his book Awaken the Giant Within Stop telling your brain you can’t and start telling yourself you CAN. Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself – the Golden Rule. Well, how can you love your neighbor as yourself if you can’t even love yourself!? You’re probably thinking how you can love yourself, which leads into the bonus tip:

Bonus – Have faith and believe.

You need to see the big picture in life.
I believe we are all created in the image of God, in need of His saving grace. We are far from perfect and can’t do it all on our own. He is the one who can fully satisfy and fulfill you beyond your wildest dreams. In fact, He already did so in His Son, Jesus Christ. Listen here. You love yourself when you do the best possible thing you can for yourself, which is ONLY when you accept the loving, saving grace of Jesus. Amen.

So friends, I hope you can see that you can make it through whatever storm you’re going through. Whether it be financial, spiritual, physical, or anything; Use these tips to bring it back to the basics and get to the root of what’s going on. Then, zoom out and look at the grand scheme of your life. Remember, as soon as you start complaining, you’re wasting precious time that you could be using to solving problems. Make the most of everything you’ve got! Keep working hard and NEVER give up.

Cheers & God Bless

Matt
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  • Luna
    12 June 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Great tips! Stress is a weird thing that can creep up on you. You’re right about short term.fixes. I agree most with changing your mindset. Thinking negatively will always make things worse.

    -Luna 😁

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    • Matt
      12 June 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Hey Luna! Thanks for commenting! The mindset and what you tell yourseld makes all the difference!

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    • Matt
      12 June 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Hey Luna! Thanks for commenting! The mindset and what you tell yourself makes all the difference! Perspective is key and seeing the big picture of life helps evade the current struggles. 🙂

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  • everydaystrangeblog
    12 June 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I agree about writing things down- sometimes I find that just writing things in a list helps my mind let go of constant worry, almost as if I knew it was preserved somewhere else and I could go back to it at anytime I wanted.

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    • Matt
      12 June 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Yes! Its interesting how it helps so much yet its so simple. I get a similar feeling after I write it down when I realize its not as bad as I thought its just I was trying to solve every problem in my mind at once. Thanks for sharing! I definitely relate!

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  • organicaholic
    13 June 2017 at 5:45 am
  • dadmoneywithjim
    13 June 2017 at 10:37 am

    Love the bonus one. It’s energizing to see you put in perspective what really matters and have the boldness to share the Gospel. Keep up the good work!

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    • Matt
      13 June 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Jim! I appreciate the encouragement. I know it may send others in the other direction but the Gospel is everything. It’d be wrong of me not to share it, especially when talking about the big picture of life! Thanks for commenting! I’ll definitely keep going!

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  • Jo Smith
    13 June 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I love this! I try to tell someone if I’m feeling stressed, and I feel a lot better. And there was this life hack that I read once, it was something like,”If you believe things will work out well in the end, they usually do”

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    • Matt
      13 June 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Hey Jo thanks for commenting! I always appreciate your insight 🙂 its good have someone who can understand you and what you’re going through at a give time! That life hack is definitely true in my belief system! I believe God works all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes. Thats from Romans 8:28 in the Bible! Haha

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  • surrealspectre
    18 June 2017 at 10:40 am

    Totally agree on the tips you have shared.👍👍

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    • Matt
      18 June 2017 at 11:04 am

      Thank you 🙂 im glad you agree! I hope they help!

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      • surrealspectre
        18 June 2017 at 11:10 am

        Yes indeed! I always make a list every month beginning. The point on having faith is something quite thoughtful. 🙂

      • Matt
        18 June 2017 at 11:45 am

        Thats a good habit to have! That will set you on the path you want to be on. And yes indeed! Faith is everything 🙂 thank you!

      • surrealspectre
        18 June 2017 at 12:14 pm

        Welcome! 🙂

  • Grace Balogun
    20 June 2017 at 9:15 am

    Wow. Love your tips. And mostly I love blogs that find a way to help others.

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    • Matt
      20 June 2017 at 11:49 am

      Thank youu Grace! Im glad you like my blog 🙂 helping others is my goal!

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      • Grace Balogun
        20 June 2017 at 12:27 pm

        Awesome motive.

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