I don’t know about you, but my life’s been hectic lately. I traveled far too much, and I need a break. So I write these words to myself (and to you) in hopes that we’ll all take a holy breath before the holidays and find ways to refresh. Here are five ways.
- Take a day off. Set aside a day each week where you rest. On those days, get away from the computer and phone, if possible. Go outside. Create something—take photos, play music, draw pictures.
- Cultivate spiritual disciplines, particularly silence and solitude. Spend extended time with God for your own spiritual development. Write out your prayers. Fast from media. Take long walks
- Indulge in a life-giving hobby. Find a hobby that limits adrenaline demand. Consider something you’ve always wanted to do but never gave yourself permission to enjoy. Like art? Take a class. Always wanted to fix up old cars? Join a local car club.
- Invest in quarterly retreats. Once every three months, take a planned break from everyday life for rest, reflection, and prayer. Read classics or novels for personal growth, no “how to” books allowed. Find a place where God’s natural beauty will rejuvenate you.
- Hang out with friends who are outside of your work responsibilities. Having a rich tapestry of relationships unrelated to your job will keep you sane when inevitable needs arise. You need safe relationships where you can let down your hair and be you, where you’re not required to play a role.