This morning we continue our daily devotions looking at some lessons that will help us keep good mental health.
Lesson Three: rest well, my friend
One of the very first steps in reversing worry, anxiety and depression and regaining a sense of resilience is rest. Increase your rest until you begin to feel some semblance of renewal, even if it begins with small doses. But a word of warning in your rest don’t detach yourself from God and the outside world.
“Psalm 23 Revisited” – in it, the author captures perfectly where many of us are today:
“The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest
It makes me lie down only when exhausted
It leads me into deep depression, it hounds my soul
It leads me in circles of frenzy for activities’ sake
Even though I run frantically from task to task
I will never get it all done, for my “ideal” is with me
Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.
They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule
They anoint my head with migraines, my in-basket overflows
Surely fatigue and time pressure shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever”
Composers know the importance of scoring into each piece appropriate rests. It’s the space between the notes that makes the music. I have learned the importance of this truth in my life song. I must write in the rests before the conductor collapses from the continuous staccatos, detached notes incessantly fired in rapid succession.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning –the first day.
In other words, God started each day in the evening, not the morning. Your day does not begin when you get up. It starts when you go to sleep. Rest begins your new day, not coffee.
Learn to sleep in on the front side of the clock.
Lesson Four: exercise your way to recovery
Exercise is important for both your physical and mental health
Lesson Five: eating your way to a good life
Dietary changes can bring about chemical as well as physical changes. These changes can improve mood and mental outlook.
Have a great day as you put these lessons into action