Entering September means the end of summer. As fall comes, school returns in full swing, new
routines for work begin, and the leaves will begin to change colors. Fall is always a busy season
as I try to find new rhythms and re-adjust to old ones. It is easy to run ourselves ragged –
physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – as we hurry through our days. Sometimes, we
are so tired or burnt out that a nap or additional coffee simply will not cut it. So, how do we avoid exhaustion and burnout physically and in all aspects of our health?

Physical rest is crucial for overall health and wellness. In order to feel our best, adequate sleep
and rest are required. Getting enough sleep is a challenge for many, with long days and busy
schedules. However, it is possible to get more sleep or improve the sleep you get. Taking time
to de-stress before sleeping can aid in falling asleep and resting better. Establishing routines
before you go to sleep can also aid in falling asleep, as you train your mind and body to slow
down, relax, and prepare for rest. The food you eat can also play a role in sleep! A few foods
that may influence sleep are nuts, kiwi, tart cherries, and rice – and avoiding caffeine can aid in
sleep, too.

Mental, emotional, and spiritual rest are also crucial to well-being! Constantly going and doing
can quickly wear down on a person – even if the things you are doing are good things! When
you are constantly emptying your cup, and carrying the world, weariness is inevitable. Matthew
11:28 says “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
(CSB). In life, there are bountiful opportunities for weariness, frustration, and burnout. So,
learning what refreshes you is important! Maybe it is simply a nap or a quiet morning. For
others, it may be exercise or another hobby. Spending time with people who encourage us can
also “fill our cups,” and leave us energized. Most importantly, spending time in scripture, in
worship, and in prayer with God leaves our souls restored. If we are weary from all the world
throws at us, He is strong and more than able to carry our burdens and give us rest.

Rest goes far beyond a vacation or nap – it requires intentionality. As you get to know yourself
better, you will be able to find your needs, what leaves you feeling refreshed, and where you
may need to step back or say no. There is beauty and rest in the stepping away, too.
“But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 (CSB) 

Written By:

Mackenzie Grace