As a Pennsylvania native, one of my favorite moments when summer arrives is that highly anticipated drive to the beach. The car is jam-packed with vacation bags, the windows are rolled all the way down, and as the shoreline draws nearer that salty air starts to fill my lungs. A friendly reminder that it’s time to unwind and enjoy the days of rest ahead.
For some of us, vacation season is an opportunity to go, go, go. We try to fit as many activities as possible into our slated time off from work. For others, it is a time to relax and enjoy much needed downtime. Maybe you find it difficult to turn your brain off from whirling away with projects and deadlines back at work. Maybe you welcome the idea of unwinding completely and disconnect from the everyday tasks left on your desk. No matter how you chose to reset this summer, remember to trust that God is control and in God, we can find rest.
Block a Specific Time to Disconnect
Have you ever noticed sometimes that if you don’t have something scheduled, it’s hard to find time for it? Make time in your calendar to shut down and plan a relaxing activity. It can be as simple as taking a cup of coffee to your backyard and enjoying the fresh air. Maybe it’s finding time to finally finish a book on your reading list. Think of ways you enjoy to de-stress and give yourself the downtime you deserve.
Engage in a Non-Work-Related Stimulating Activity
Studies show that for stress recovery, it can be helpful to engage in an activity that stimulates your brain and body. Take time for your hobbies that have fallen on the wayside. If you’re on vacation, try a vacation activity like a leisurely game of minigolf, a kayaking trip, a hike on a new trail, or a picnic on the beach. A healthy balance of fun and rest are calling your name.
Do What Fills Your Cup
We want to put in the effort and commit to impactful, missional work. But we can’t continue when our energy runs low, and we aren’t taking care of ourselves first. One great reminder is that you can’t pour from an empty cup. Taking time for self-care is essential to rejuvenating your mind and your body. I encourage you to let go of the pressure of everyday responsibilities, extend yourself grace, and practice gratitude.
Your physical and mental wellness are important, so, to refill your energy’s gas tank, I challenge you to a time of rest and reset this summer!