June 30th is the end of the fiscal year for many of my activities. As such, this month has been extremely busy. I have only had the chance to run one time, which was on the morning of June 1st, prior to having my yearly mammogram. Between court appearances, ministry responsibilities and family functions, the gym and I have been distant friends. My Nike+ Running friends have left me in their dust. No bueno. All is not lost, however. I did have the opportunity to take a Salsa lesson on Friday. I burned some unwanted calories. The scale and I have also been on bad terms. My goal is to get back to the gym on Monday. As you know, the Blogging While Brown Conference is happening this weekend. I will have no time for the gym because I will be commuting from home.
My unexpected hiatus from my exercise regimen caused me think about what I would do if my current state of busyness persisted. I thought about others who are also constantly bombarded with activities. Oftentimes, we are challenged to become or stay spiritually and emotionally healthy because our lifestyles are so busy.We usually wear numerous hats.We work one or more jobs, own businesses, attend college or graduate school, raise children and manage one or more households.Many of us do not realize that our emotional and spiritual fitness suffers when we do not make the time to focus on that fitness.
Some of us think that focusing on spiritual and emotional fitness requires a significant amount of time.It does not.We just need to be determined to seek that fitness.It must become a priority in our lives.For instance, Jesus rose early in the morning and went to a solitary place to pray. (Mark 1:35)I know that it can be difficult to find a time and space to be alone.I encourage you to try several different techniques until you craft a method that works with your lifestyle and responsibilities.Here are some suggestions:
- Wake up 15-20 minutes earlier than you usually do to pray, study scripture or meditate.
- Take a 10-15 minute break during your work or school day to take a walk or sit on a park bench to listen to some calming music or enjoy nature.
- Spend 5-10 minutes quietly in the car before driving and settle your spirit.Prepare yourself for what you will encounter when you reach your destination.
- Listen to calming music while using public transportation and focus your thoughts.
- Unplug from all electronics for a few hours.
- Stay away from all social media for a day or two.
- Delegate some responsibilities to others and allow them to complete those tasks.
Please share which techniques you decide to try and which ones work for your lifestyle. You can leave a comment at the end of this post or on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me, or complete the form on the Contact page. Be blessed as you increase your focus on your spiritual and emotional health. Remain encouraged.