In all our lives there are times when we become overwhelmed and stressed. We know we need to practice some good self-care, but we may find ourselves feeling guilty for desiring it and then even for doing it. A Christian may even believe it is wrong and selfish. However, I Corinthians 6:19 says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I believe there are times in our lives when we must step back and listen to what our body is saying – because it may be saying, “Take care of me.” Self-care also means caring for our mind, soul, and spirit. We need to do things that bring harmony and peace back into our lives instead of continuing in a place that is chaotic and exhausting.
So what are some things we can do that can help us find a place of restoration? These are some of the things I have learned to do when I’ve felt my life spinning out of control. I’ve had to remind myself in just the past few weeks that I need to work hard at being intentional in all of these things yet once again.
- Find a way to get plenty of rest. It may mean going to bed an hour or two earlier. Some research suggests that the more hours of sleep we can get before midnight, the better.
- Examine your commitments. See if some are draining too much energy and need to be discontinued. My husband and I did this a few years ago and found it very beneficial to our over-all well being. Much stress was alleviated.
- Spend quality time with friends that encourage and nourish your soul. Avoid draining relationships. We all know people that “suck all the oxygen out of a room” – don’t give them your quality time.
- Get a massage.
- Get outside and enjoy nature.
- Exercise 30 minutes, 4 or 5 times weekly.
- Spend daily time reading the Bible, other good devotional books, and pray.
- Keep a journal, recording any spiritual insights gleaned.
- Keep a gratitude journal, recording at least three things daily you’re grateful for.
- Invest time in enjoying hobbies.
- Enjoy quality time with family.
These practices bring me back to that place of balance, clarity, and joy that my Creator God desires for me. They take effort, but the reward makes it well worth it.