Self Care has become an obsession for the Millennial generation . It has become a $10 billion industry and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. Although it's advertised as face masks and #treatyourself, true self care goes a lot deeper. It can help reduce stress, make you a more productive person, boost your immune system and give yourself the space to be truly in tune with who you are. Especially as Christians, we should be practicing regular self care. The bible speaks more than once on the importance of resting. In the Old Testament God blessed his people and actually demand they take a day to rest. Jesus spoke on being the source of rest and reinforces the messages laid out in the old testament. For in six days the LORD made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. Exodus 20:11
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
If you are feeling weary, burnt out, drained, anxious, unwell or any other not so good feeling lately, here are some ways you can recharge and find true rest in God.
Prayer - What a better way to recharge and reconnect than to speak to He who gives us rest. Take all your burdens and troubles and just lay them at His feet. If you haven't connected with God in a while, now is the time. He is always waiting for you, ready to welcome you back into His arms.
Praise and Worship - Music on its own can be therapeutic. Studies have shown that music can help regulate your emotions, encourage happy feelings and reduce anxiety. Immersing yourself in worship music can further deepen your connection with God. Finding a song that inspires or connects with the soul can change a whole day. It can be as simple as praising in the car, belting it out in the shower or sitting on the edge of a river with your headphones in. Be Grateful - Gratitude is the act of noticing what is there, instead of what isn't. It's easy to take note of all the things we don't have, and that negativity can blind us to all the good things. Having a roof over our head, food in our belly, a friend/boyfriend/husband/cat to come home to.. all these things we can take note of and be thankful for. Acknowledging when God has shown up for us or gifted us can do wonders for our soul. Observe the Sabbath - As mentioned above, God wants us to take time to rest. Take the day on Sunday and do whatever brings joy to your soul. Painting, walking, dancing, singing, reading or even binge watching Netflix. Ignore the dishes, the laundry will be there tomorrow and the to do list can wait. Listen to God and rest.
If you are still struggling to find rest, you may benefit from finding your your Spiritual Temperament. There are 9 different temperaments and each one can help you to discover the ways that you feel most connected to God.
Naturalists connect through nature Intellectuals connect via books and concepts Sensates are connect through focusing on seeing, feeling, hearing etc. Traditionalists connect through patterns, rituals Ascetics connect internally, meeting God in solitude Activists connect via passion and fighting for a cause Caregivers connect by serving others Enthusiasts connect through excitement, celebration and exuberance Contemplatives connect through connection, spending time with God Once you discover what your temperament is, you can take full advantage of that rest time by doing the things that really connect your soul. You can take the quiz here. How do you connect with God? Do you find it hard to find rest? Tell us in the comments!