Have you ever been so busy that your head feels like it's spinning?
We live in a world that is constantly on the go. We're constantly moving from one activity to the next, turning in one deadline only to struggle towards another, and scrolling through endless social media feeds. We have constant information thrown our way and people need things from us daily.
How do you juggle the endless demands of life without burning out? How do you handle all of life's responsibilities without feeling exhausted and empty?
I certainly don't have this skill mastered and I can be known for stretching myself too thin. But this past year as I have battled many health issues, I have learned a few things about rest that I'm not sure I would've learned if God hadn't slowed me down physically.
So here are four ways that you can rest when you feel that emptiness of burn-out creeping in...
1. Make sure you're putting Jesus first. I know it can be so hard when you have a hundred things pulling at you as soon as you wake up. But if you don't fill yourself up with Jesus first before meeting all those demands, then you are going to burn out. Spend time having a conversation with Him. Give Him your to-do list. Ask Him what He has for you this day. Become refreshed in His Word. When you're full of Him, then you're better able to pour out to others throughout the day.
2. Learn to wait for best. I hate saying no to people. That's just how I am. I tend to say yes to every person who asks or every opportunity presented to me and then suddenly my to-do list is so full that when God's best for me comes along, I have no space to fit it into my schedule. I know it's hard to say no. I know it's hard to feel like you're disappointing someone. But learn how to graciously decline an invitation or opportunity while still thanking the person asking, but letting them know you just can't fit it into your schedule this time. Pray about all of your decisions before making them, and when you allow space in your schedule for God, He will bring you the best He has for your schedule.
3. Stop scrolling through Instagram. We can get so caught up on all of the many social media apps on our phones that we lose track of time and before long, two, three, even four hours have passed and we're nowhere near done the to-do list we had for the day. Pay attention to how much time you're spending scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. There are so many people to love, don't get caught up in just studying their lives from afar. If you want to connect with someone, send them a text or a private message or an email and genuinely ask them how they're doing. Connect with them personally and get off of your social feeds.
4. Set aside one day a week where you just REST. I don't care what you do on this day or what day of the week this is for you, but take one day and rest. Don't worry about a to-do list. Don't worry about meeting a bunch of deadlines. Hang out in the sun with your family all day if you want to. Cook a nice meal for your family. Maybe call a friend you haven't heard from in awhile. Write a card to a long-distance pal. Whatever you do, just spend time enjoying the life God has given you and rest.
Be careful not to fill up your schedule so high that you don't have time to invest in your relationship with God, your family, and the friendships He has given you. These relationships are going to be what matters in five years, not whether or not you met another deadline for the week.
Keep pressing on, friends.
What are some ways that you rest when feeling burned out? What are some fun activities you like to do with family or friends on your rest days?
Isabella Morganthal (21) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.