So then, there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9-11
The “R” in PATTERNS of self-care is Recharge yourself. Focus on filling and maintaining a full emotional joy tank. Find things that bring you joy in order to be prepared for anything life throws at you.
Fire departments recognize that emergencies can occur at any moment. Knowing this, it would be silly if they were unprepared. During their ‘down time’ they prepare for future emergencies. If you look at some of the things they do to prepare, they make sure the trucks are stocked and fueled. They park the trucks so they can pull out driving forward. They never park the trucks, so they have to back out.
Like a fire fighter, you should be aware that life will throw you a curve ball. This doesn’t need to cause you anxiety. Rather, accepting that things happen despite your best efforts and then prepare yourself by making sure you are fueled up. Your fuel is for your emotional tank.
Do things every day that lift your spirits. The more you have to give during a day, the more you should ensure that you have built into yourself so that you have the energy required of you for the next emergency.
The alternative is that you are tired, haven’t eaten, emotionally drained and then it happens. You experience a trial. Being unprepared, you will not have the energy to handle what you are facing but you also will not come out the other side with anything left. This is where you make unwise choices. Prepare for your next crisis.
All of us at times feel the strain of all we have to handle in a day. Our brains and bodies benefit greatly by engaging in activities we enjoy. The result of this activity each day can boost your immune system, relieve pain, decrease depression, improves relationships, improves breathing and even helps to lose weight.
Take time each day to do things that you enjoy. Make a list of things you can do when you are feeling down or bored. The time to plan for positive things is when you’re already feeling good.
If you wait until you’re sluggish, odds are you won’t have the energy you need to pull yourself back up. But making a plan ahead of time allows you to be ready for these unavoidable moments.
Here are suggestions for increasing leisure activities that can put a smile on your face:
Make a list of things you like to do. Refer to it daily to make sure you are doing something positive for yourself.
Connect with your support system. Grow your circle of friends as well.
Make a stress-free day. Commit to NOT do things that stress you out!
Find something you are passionate about! Try new things whether you feel like it or not. You might be surprised. Many people found their passions in places they never thought they would even enjoy.
Learn new things. Get out of your comfort zone.
Know your personality. Some temperaments prefer to be around people and that is how they get re-charged. (Sanguine…yellow/Choleric…red) Others prefer to have time alone in order to re-charge. (Melancholy…green/Phlegmatic…blue)
Laugh, laugh, and laugh! Laughter is the best medicine.
God bless your journey.