Leviticus 23:3 – There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the LORD.
Your body rushes in the morning to get out the door in time. Your mind rushes and already has its mind on what you need to do when you get there.
Your body rushes in the late afternoon to attempt to complete the work before you. Your mind has been pushing itself all day to try to catch up, but it only causes you to be distracted and make mistakes causing you to have to start all over.
Your body rushes in the evening to arrive at home in time to have dinner with your family, but you had to work overtime to complete your day’s work. Your mind can’t seem to disconnect from your job. You want it to be focused on your family, but thoughts about work win.
Your body rushes at night as you try to get some sleep, but it’s so exhausted from working so many hours that you can’t. Your mind also wants to let go of the things that you’ll have to do tomorrow, but you can’t disconnect.
So you count sheep, take deep breathes, put your mind on something relaxing like water running down a mountain stream, but you can’t. And tomorrow, it will start all over again.
Do you let your body have permission to rest or do you push it beyond what you should?
If you continue to push yourself beyond what you need to and into conquering what you want to, you may find yourself flat on your bed sick with the flu again.
So how can we help our mind and body find renewed energy and at the same time peace of mind? By making it a priority to allow your body and mind rest.
There are many kinds of rest –
But what if you don’t have money to take a vacation? Well here’s an idea: be on a vacation at home.
Huffingtonpost.com has a great article, “8 Ways to Unplug and Recharge Your Brain,” providing ways to unplug, rest and renew your mind. If you renew your mind, your body will fall in line and find ways to rest also.
Did you know that God was the first one to talk, even command, people to take the seventh day of the week off and rest? He is our example. Even he rested after creating the world in six days. He’s interested in helping you rest and still get your work done. He will help you complete your work faster and with fewer errors when you take the time to rest.
Joshua 1:8a - Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
In a previous post I discussed how to breathe correctly. You’ll find that this is also the first step in beginning a relaxation session.
The kind of relaxation I’m talking about isn’t sitting down in front of the TV or even reading a good book, though these can be an important part of helping you unwind. Relaxation sessions are setting time aside in a room that is quiet for the specific reason to just relax.
It’s best to set time aside in a quiet room, but if that’s not possible; then you can do smaller sessions even at your desk at work, if that’s all the time you have.
There are two main types of relaxation methods – progressive relaxation and visualization.
I like to visualize myself in a quiet setting beside a stream just downstream from a waterfall. The important thing is not where you imagine yourself being, but imagining it in as much detail as possible.
And even in the Bible, as the verse above says, it’s important to meditate on God’s word. There are many verses in the Bible about meditation. You can feel relieved that meditation is a good thing. Sometimes I choose when I’m doing a relaxation session, to focus my attention on a Bible verse and meditate deeply on it.
For more information on relaxation methods follow the link below.
Did this information help you? Will you consider relaxation sessions everyday for pain relief? I do and it helps a lot. I’d love to hear from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.