Rested and full of energy, mind sharp and clear, refreshed from great relational times with your family and friends, and connected to the Lord? Or are you tired and unmotivated, wishing there was another day in the weekend, sort of groggy and finding it hard to focus, your clothes a little tighter than they should be, and distant from the Lord, family and friends?
Unfortunately, the latter sentence describes most of us on most Mondays. Why? Some of it is our habits. We mess up our sleep patterns by staying up too late and then sleeping late, we eat junk food over the weekend, we plan two days worth of activities for one Saturday, we then don’t have time for a true Sabbath, which all together produces stress which we then take out on those we love most which messes up the whole relational aspect of our lives. And then there is our relationship with the Lord. With the kind of schedules most of us keep on the weekends, it sort of hard to fit Him in.
Here are some thoughts from a lot of different people that might help:
- Get enough sleep! Most of us need 7 – 8 hours. Tony Schwartz on his site The Energy Project has a ton of info on this subject. Not enough sleep has as much impact on your thinking as alcohol or drugs – it is a serious issue.
- Get moving and exercise! Do regular exercise at least three times a week of at least thirty minutes duration. No, you don’t have to train for the Iron Man or a marathon, but we all need some type of regular exercise. In addition to that, try to do a little something every morning shortly after you get up even if it is only ten minutes of stretching. Just do something to get the blood flowing.
- Eat less more often – and eat the right things. Try eating five or six small meals throughout the day. There is a ton of information on the types of food and drink plenty of water. Don’t make coffee and soft drinks your main fluid intake.
- Spend time with the Lord – tend to your spiritual life. Set aside a time each day to spend time on this most important of relationships. Make prayer a regular part of your day.
- Invest in your family. Next to your relationship with God, your relationships with your spouse and then your children are the most important in all of your life. Cherish and nurture these relationships. Not only will they be blessed, the funny thing is you will too.
It is up to you to care for your health – spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and relational.
Are you tired of feeling the way you do this morning? If so,then just go and do something about it!
On the journey with you,