A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 NLT
Take time for your body and mind to recuperate from the daily routine of busyness.
Our bodies deserve to be pampered with rest, relaxation, and the time to rejuvenate from the harsh schedule of demands that cause premature aging of our internal organs.
At least for 1 hour a day, take a timeout to focus on what you enjoy; so, if you can’t think of anything because it’s been too long since you’ve had fun, reflect on some good memories when you were younger or think about something that you were really interested in, but gave up on, due to “it’s never enough hours in a day” schedule.
Plan a monthly retreat…it will give you something to look forward to…and your outlook will transition to one of peace and happiness. Utilize your PTO or earned Vacation time to travel during the week, not only is it less hectic, you will save money by paying off-peak rates.
Cease and desist the weekend cramming of everything you need to do for the year in only two days; instead of tasking for 8 hours, rearrange your “To Do” list; schedule your tasks for a maximum of 2 hours, three times a week.
It is vital that we understand and respect our mind-body connection by declining excessive duties and placing boundaries to correct or prevent a dysfunctional lifestyle.
Change your mindset from the future dream that one day when you retire you will take it easy and do everything on your wish list. Start taking advantage of the here and now; respect your body and cherish your beautiful mind.
It’s still a wonderful world!
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for your love; the love that flowed from your heart and caused you to place dust in your hands and create us in your image. We admit that we are mistreating our fearfully and wonderfully made bodies and for this, we ask forgiveness. Please give us the courage to change, and the determination to lovingly care for ourselves. We thank you for the gift of Jesus who took the time to rest when he was on this earth. We ask for the wisdom to develop a balanced healthy lifestyle as we continue to serve you. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019