No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. - Psalm 16:9
This is the time of year, isn't it, when we feel the tired a little more than we normally would. The hustle and bustle is over, we're staring at all the décor that now has to come down. Work and school are back in session and we are under so much outside pressure to “make this year a great one!”
The stress, the fatigue, the anxiety... it's bad for us, Dear Ones. It does awful things to our hearts and minds, and yes, even our bodies! Personally, anxiety played a huge roll in my chronic condition.
So, you better believe I'm all about minimizing all that angst and resting in God this year.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28
I've put together a list and hung it up where I can see it in my home. Your list may look different than mine, but I encourage you to make one. Pray about it and dedicate it and keep it right in your space.
And so with a deep breath, here are some ideas that help me (and may help you) to adopt and maintain a mindset of peace and rest, even in the busiest of days.
* Start the day with prayer. Try the One-Minute Prayer during the most difficult times of your day. Just set a timer for one minute and talk to God. Easy Peasy. Keep that line of conversation open and don't be afraid to be specific about what you need.
* If you're able, choose a peaceful soundtrack for your day. My favorite is featured below, Scripture Lullabies. Perhaps you prefer instrumental music? Whatever your favorite “chill” music is, find a way to play it very quietly in the background whenever you can.
* Give yourself some love. Literally. Try a self-hug when you feel really tense. Hold the opposite shoulder with each hand, then gently apply pressure. Don't overdo it and strain your joints. Just allow that stretch to sink into your upper back, neck and shoulders. Don't forget to breathe while you do it.
* Touch base with someone during your day who makes you smile. Perhaps you can just send a quick text, forward a funny picture, or have a quick call during a break. Those few minutes can make a huge impact on your day!
* Never underestimate the power of a catnap. This can be literally for 5 minutes. Find a quiet spot, lay your head down, close your eyes and just rest your mind. Maybe that's through visualization or maybe it's emptying your brain. Whatever works for you, set your timer and get your rest on.
So that's it. Five easy-peasy, no assembly required recommendations for de-stressing our days. I'd love if you'd share your own ideas in the comments!
|You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
- Isaiah 26:3
Now, get out there and.... REST! <3
Heavenly Father, thank You for calling us to Your rest... real rest that revives us. Please help this to become a habit this year. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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