As I considered taking a nap this weekend, I thought, “shouldn’t I do something ‘productive’ instead?” Oh, but the urge to nap was so strong. I gave in.
After the nap, I felt revived, ready to tackle some things I had been putting off. Hmm…maybe taking a nap was a productive use of my time after all. Perhaps even the most productive thing I could do at that moment.
Sometimes in our quest to cross things off the proverbial To Do List, we forget that taking care of ourselves is one of the most important “to dos” of all.
I’m not just talking about getting enough sleep, eating healthy and exercising (which are, of course, highly important). Taking care of your emotional, mental and spiritual health is just as important.
Are the people in your life supportive of you?
Invest in relationships with people who believe in you. When I went through a hard time several years ago, knowing there were people I could count on made all the difference.
Are you exercising your mind?
You can exercise your mind in countless ways–take an improv class, read a book, learn a new sport, attend a lecture on a topic you’re passionate about, talk to someone new, do Sudoku or crossword puzzles. One of my favorite ways to feed my mind is to read books from different genres.
What habits nurture you spiritually? Are you implementing them?
Developing a rich spiritual life requires quiet time. With the hectic pace we keep, it’s easy to save the “quiet time” for later (and sometimes later never comes.)
Build quiet time into your schedule. When you’re intentional about it, your spiritual life will flourish. It certainly worked for me. When I began setting time aside for daily prayer and Bible study, my relationship with Christ grew by leaps and bounds.
What’s one thing you can do, starting today, to take better care of yourself?
Take that step today! And let me know how it goes.