Take A Rest

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Happy January.  How was your December?  Busy? Hectic? Or were you calm and relaxed? If you were the former, it may be a time to take a rest.  

Take a rest and give your soul what it needs….Audrey Kitching

December, for me was a bit hectic.  We were deciding whether or not to move. We actually came very close to purchasing a house, but at the last minute, we decided not to. Or, I should say God was very clear to both my husband and I that the answer was no. 

Leading up to that decision, we were both very tired, overwhelmed, and heads full.  We just didn’t understand why.   Once we listened and confirmed our decision to not purchase the house, calm appeared.  Our heads were less full. And we were a lot less overwhelmed.  It’s funny how we think a decision is going to be the correct one, but once you go a different direction, things just fall into place.  It was time to just take a rest from ’things’  

That was the best decision we made.  

Are you feeling any of the following symptoms?

  • Tired
  • Can’t sleep
  • Overwhelmed
  • Cranky
  • Being short with others
  • Can’t get anything accomplished
  • Not eating properly
  • Getting sick

If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to take rest.  What do I mean by that exactly?  How do I take a rest?

  • Set some decisions aside.  If there are a few mind-boggling items pending, either complete them asap or set them aside – pray about them – and come back at a later date
  • Say no to some upcoming commitments or activities. You may be over extending yourself.  You cannot be everywhere all the time.  Learn to say no.
  • Start a sleep pattern. Go to bed and get up in the morning at regular times.  Your body craves routine for sleeping and setting a bedtime and a wake-up time will do wonders for your mind, body and soul
  • Stop eating crap.  When you are overwhelmed, it is easy to eat junk food or fast food.  Create a meal plan for the week and stick to it.  You will eat much healthier thus making you feel better.
  • Taking a rest from others, commitments, events or decisions may bring you back to a place of calm.   It may be just the ingredient your mind and body is needing. 

Following these simple steps can create a new ‘calming’ routine for your day.  You will soon feel better, think more clear, and sleep better.  You may even have more energy for your weekly exercise goals. 

So, take a rest.  

Set that pending decision aside or better yet…. If you cannot come up with a clear decision, then the answer most likely is a NO.  

Learn to say no (if you are always saying yes).

Start your day filling your heart and mind with calm.  I start my day with a daily devotional like Authentically, Uniquely You by Joyce Meyer.  Doing this prepares my heart properly for the day and allows me to be the best person I can be for others.  

So, try saying no and taking a rest from decisions (for a while). Your body and mind will thank you for taking a rest and you’ll become the calm and relaxed person God created you to be.  

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