It’s kind of funny for me to say this. For the first 7 months of this school year, I had more than enough free time. I was actually tired of the free time and longed to be busier. Well, sometimes you get more than you ask for…
The past couple of months have been full of regular teaching, part-time jobs, new friendships, and other extracurricular activities. Instead of having the weekends free to lounge and do my own thing, I’ve had to work. At first it seemed wonderful to make extra money, but now I’m starting to weigh the pros and cons of doing extra work.
Oftentimes for my own health and well-being it isn’t worth it to become overly busy. When I’m busy, I am more tired and stressed. And, let’s face it. Stress doesn’t make me look pretty. HA! (but, really, it’s true!) It also doesn’t make me feel good. Some people seem to have everything under control even in stressful situations. I used to think I could handle them, but I am now happy admit that I don’t do well with stress. Not only am I uglier, but my personality is uglier… I am not as optimistic or loving as I’d like to be.
The best way to keep from being overly stressed is to take a sabbath. A sabbath is a day of rest. There’s a reason God commanded the Israelites to honor the sabbath and keep it holy. We all need time to rest and rejuvenate ourselves. It’s essential for our health and well-being.
While I’ve recently neglected taking sabbaths, I’d like to start reincorporating regular sabbaths into my schedule. I’ve got to get my priorities in line.
I’m going to start dedicating Sundays to being my sabbath.
While each person may see the sabbath differently, I see it as a time to both rest and get re-energized. It’s not a time to work.
Here’s how I hope to start spending my dedicated sabbaths:
- Take a morning walk
- Drink green tea
- Journal my thoughts, dreams, prayers
- Read the word
- Listen to podcasts of sermons and motivational speakers
- Read books
- Have a solid dance/free hand weight workout in the afternoon
- Maybe take a nap (if necessary – I’m not much of a napper)
- Go for a hike in the mountains
- Eat only natural food
- Refrain from browsing the internet or checking email/social media
- Drink a smoothie
- Meet/Skype with an encouraging friend
- Remain free of negativity
I see sabbaths as a glorious time to recenter oneself. I’m excited to enter into this new season of sabbath observation.
Tell me about you! Do you regularly take a sabbath? Is it a priority for you? What do you do when you take one?
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