Get Proper Rest Today
Friday, June 26, 2015
Here Are 7 practical ways to get the rest you need:
Worry and anxiety often stand between us and real rest and health. Instead of becoming upset while waiting in traffic, talk with God. When you’ve had a rough day at work, tell Him. Let Him know your worries and cares. Then turn them over to Him and trust that He will take care of you. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Be not anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Develop a regular sleep pattern. If you are sleeping less than eight hours nightly, you are cheating yourself. Trying to catch up on sleep doesn’t work. Here’s how to get those restful zzz’s: exercise daily; reduce caffeine intake, especially late in the day; reduce alcohol; avoid eating large, fatty meals late in the day that can keep you awake; adopt a relaxing bedtime routine, something that prepares you for sleep, such as a warm bubble bath or listening to soft music.
3. Breathe Well
Proper breathing can help you relax. Try this: start from the very bottom of your lungs and breathe in slowly through your nose. Count slowly to five while inhaling. Then exhale through tight lips twice as long as you inhaled. Allow the head to drop toward the chest as you exhale, relaxing the back of your neck. Repeat this exercise four or five times until you notice your breathing is slowing down.
Take 20-second (or much longer!) mental vacations. Wander through Yosemite National Park, walk along a white-sand Hawaiian beach, or browse in antique shops in Pennsylvania. By taking time “away” you will resettle or “resync” your mind and be able to face your day with new energy.
5. Take a vacation
We all love vacations, but hardly ever take them. The average American worker feels that his or her workload just doesn’t allow for the luxury of a vacation. It is no wonder that we are living unhealthy, unbalanced lives because a balanced, healthy life includes regular time off. No, not just an occasional day here and there—even though those are helpful—but the “I went fishing in the Keys for two weeks” kind of vacations. Studies show that our bodies need several days to unwind from the stress of everyday life. Then we need several days after that for true rest to occur. Start planning your next vacation, a real one without cell phones, computers, and other work. Get away. Play. Rest.
The Bible book of Proverbs tells us that a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Another way of saying this is that laughter is the best medicine. When we laugh, especially those laughs that start in our toes and don’t stop until they reach the top of our head, our blood pressure goes down, our muscles relax, and our brains release endorphins that make us feel better.
"Sabbath is a time to stop, to refrain from being seduced by our desires. To stop working, stop making money, stop spending money. See what you have. Look around. Listen to your life. –Wayne Mueller"
7. Rest weekly
Never forget the special rest that God created for us, the Sabbath rest when we leave behind our normal routine and spend one full day with Him and with family and friends. Spend the Sabbath reading the Bible and praying, enjoying nature, visiting a nursing home, going to church. Rest your body, mind, and soul.
Now, get some rest.