Take a hike!

Or a jog or bike ride.  Go swimming, listen to music, write in your journal, shoot some hoops, call you best friend, take a day trip or long drive, or pick anything that makes you feel great.  It doesn’t matter what outlet you choose, just take a break! 

In the Bible, specifically in Genesis 2:2-3, it says, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”  Yes, even God rested.

Life has gotten a whole lot more complicated since God created the world.  We have many things now to keep our anxieties running on high speed like deadlines, bills to pay, families to take care of, jobs to work, and even the soon to come tax day to worry about; just to name a few.  It almost seems that all we do is worry. 

God did not build us to be the Energizer bunny.  He instructed us to take one day each week and do nothing but rest.  If we don’t do this, our bodies wear out, both physically and emotionally.  It’s important to remember that if you are not healthy for yourself, you will not be healthy for anything else in your life.  All the things you work hard for will eventually fall to the wayside if you can’t keep up.

The solution is to take a break once in a while.  Now, I know there are going to be some Type A people out there reading this thinking, “Yeah right, take a break; ok, when?”  It’s a good rule of thumb that if you can’t make yourself take a break, you need to schedule one.  Then you have to follow through.  Part of this process is also setting priorities.  Deadlines are deadlines.  However, I would be willing to wager that if you sat down and made a list of things you have to do, most of those things don’t really have “specific” deadlines.  Sure, you might have an idea of when you’d like them to get done, but there is not really a “must get done by this date” deadline. 

As children, we are taught to take time-outs when we feel stressed, overwhelmed, or over-stimulated.  Somehow, this very important life lesson is lost somewhere between childhood and adulthood.  It is absolutely necessary to take a break and rest in order to maintain positive physical and mental health.

So, take a hike, or whatever you need to do to take you away from the stress of life.  Listen to God, or best teacher, and rest.

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