The dog days of summer arrived early this year in Minnesota, thanks to the relentless heat. The last couple of weeks have been challenging on all fronts. A combination of hot weather, boredom, a nasty summer virus, and a LOT of togetherness has taken a toll on my family. Even the cats are sick.
When you find yourself in circumstances like these, it’s hard to feel anything but fatigued, stressed and uninspired which doesn’t leave a lot of energy to work on the business. When stress hits you hard, here’s some strategies that can help you cope.
- Take a time-out. Sometimes the best way to find the energy to deal with the business-at-hand is to get away from it for a while. It gives your mind a rest and can help you gain a new perspective.
- Talk to someone about it. Keeping stress bottled up is unhealthy for our bodies, our families and our businesses. Talk to a friend, family member, or trusted advisor about what you’re experiencing. You might get more than a kind ear – sometimes you’ll walk away with some practical advice you can use to address your issues.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. Stress has a way of magnifying small issues to an almost unreal magnitude. Take a deep breath and really think about the size of the problem. Things are rarely as dire as they seem in the moment.
- Focus on the positive. Take a few minutes to assess what’s going right – it can be enormously reassuring.
- Take care of your physical self. Eat good food, sleep, and get some exercise, even if it’s just a walk around the block or swim at the beach with the kids.
Surely these summer dog days will pass. Who knows, by winter I may even remember them fondly!
How do you cope with stress in your business and your family? Send your strategies to firstname.lastname@example.org – if I us them, I’ll feature your business.