Terry Zeigler, Ed.D., ATC Professor of Kinesiology and Health Center Director at Vanguard University, writes this month. Terry attends Newport Mesa Church; her father-in-law, Virgil, is a retired AG minister.
We work to serve our churches and God’s people. When crunch time comes, we push through fatigue to work long hours, and choose to sacrifice free time, family time, and rest time.
All of this “serving” takes a toll on both mental and physical health. Too much work and not enough rest can result in:
- Decreased immune system resulting in more frequent illness/disease
- Fatigue/lack of energy
- Indigestion; increased stomach acid leading to ulcers and stomach upset
- Increased muscle tension resulting in neck and back pain
- Increased headaches
- Insomnia/sleep disturbances
- Decreased concentration/attention span
- Nervous habits
Recreation and leisure are important contributors to wellness and a better quality of life. They provide a means for your body to mentally and physically heal and recover from the fatigue of demanding output.
“Time out” allows you to “re-create” yourself by reducing and eliminating the stress hormones that can accumulate in your body from constant work. Research has shown that chronic stress can actually damage your body at the molecular level leading to an increased risk of illness, disease, and early aging.
This is summer in SoCal when God’s people tend to take time off, vacation, and rest. Rather than packing your summer schedule full, try being intentional about scheduling daily, weekly, and annual rest, leisure, and re-creation time. Then hit it hard in the fall. Adapt to the rhythm of the year.
God rested. How about you?
Rest = Recovery = Better Quality of Life and Ministry