During my career as a high school English teacher, I had to get up at 5:00 a.m. and leave the house at 6:00 a.m. to be at work by 6:30 a.m. I scarfed down breakfast in the car. At the time, I had a middle schooler at home, a husband to look after and a household to manage. I was also in the process of closing a business. After an exhausting three weeks, I walked out of the classroom in tears. I had taken on way more than I could handle. I was broken down mentally, physically and emotionally.
Do you suspect that you have too much swirling around in your universe? Are you doing any of these things?
1. Failing to spend quiet time with God. Some people spend 10 minutes in the morning doing prayer and Bible study. Others spend 30 minutes doing praise and worship. Even if you spend 5-minutes a day, take time to pray and listen. Ask the Lord to order your steps. Ask Him to tell you what you need to know. The Lord always gives back. Give Him time at the beginning of your day and watch Him give it back to you doubled, tripled or quadrupled throughout the day.
2. Neglecting your health. When it comes to our health, it is so easy to plan to work on it tomorrow. However, if we keep putting it off, we will have fewer options for wellness. Being physically and mentally healthy gives us the energy to excel at work and to be fully present at home. You neglect your health when you only sleep four or five hours a night. You also neglect your health if you regularly eat fast food and junk food. And if you smoke cigarettes or abuse drugs, you’re neglecting your health. Failing to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days is health neglect too. The Lord gave you a temple, and taking care of that temple is 100% your responsibility. So where do you begin? Start with sleep. Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you need an alarm to wake you up every day, you’re not getting enough sleep. For a quick summary of how to get a good night’s rest, read the post, 5 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep. Once you’re sleeping 7-9 hours a night, conquer the next bad health habit. Wellness is a marathon. Decide to improve a little every day.
3. Doing work that you hate.
If you hate your job, it’s not God’s best for you. Maybe you’re good at it, and the salary and benefits are good. However, it you spend 40+ hours a week doing work that you would not do for free, you must develop an exit strategy. Maybe you need to look at other positions with your current employer. Maybe you should get training and certification to seek employment elsewhere, or maybe you should start a side business. How do you begin this process? Get out a piece of paper or your phone and write down the type of work that you would do for free. Describe it in detail. It could be several things such as child care, baking cakes, or building websites. Next, determine if anyone is willing to pay for what you would do for free. Don’t be too quick to dismiss your idea. Ask some friends or coworkers if they would pay someone to do what you would do for free. Your third step is finding resources to learn more about how to transition into your new job. Start with Google and YouTube. You will be able to find articles and videos that will show you where to start. Also, check at your public library, small business development centers and www.Score.org.
What’s one area in your life that is out of harmony with your values? What will you do to change it?