When was the last time you took a mental health day? The last time you were completely immersed in doing absolutely nothing? The last time you took care of only YOU? The last time that YOU were the only thing on your to-do list?
We all need a mental health day now and again. The frequency and type you need depends on many factors like, what is your:
Job responsibilities & workload?
Ability to handle stress?
There are probably even more! But the point is, take a look at your present state of mind. Are you calm? Focused? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Overstimulated? Worn out? In the “dead zone” (like when we were new parents, that’s the place where you were so sleep deprived and malnourished that you were barely alive, much less functional and couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel that everyone swore existed).
Anyway, I have been looking at what I’ve been doing and realized that it just isn’t working. I’m a child of God. I should always be functioning from a place of rest, not stress. You don’t stress when all your needs are met, your battles have been won and you are safe and healthy. No, when that is the case, you are at peace! So, I have come to the conclusion that it’s not my status or standing in God that has changed, it’s my mindset! And that has to change.
I’m taking time to get back to the basics. Quiet. Listening. Receiving.
Not stressing, pressing and striving.
If you’re in this situation, you know what I mean. You’re always trying, getting, making, doing, doing, doing. But never really at peace or rest. Don’t get me wrong, being at rest can occur while you’re doing stuff. You just f~l~o~w. It’s a wonderful place! So wonderful that you know when you’re not there. It looks like this
Or finding yourself sitting in the dark crying, looking like this.
So let’s stop this mess before it starts. Take a day. Turn everything off that’s electronic. Pray, sleep, eat a good meal THAT YOU DIDN’T COOK, wash your hair (or go get it done) or just go nuts & buy YOURSELF underwear & socks for once-the pretty ones that cost too much, YES!
No matter what your rest looks like, REST. Then repeat. Stay in a place of peace so you can not just function, but thrive & excel. Effortlessly. Contrary to popular “grind”, “no pain no gain” or the “give-til-you-can’t-give-any-more” teachings, God is glorified by a rested vessel that serves beautifully as opposed to a cracked pot leaking everywhere!
Take care of yourself,