I'm writing this post for myself. Last fall, I was a guest in a class of future pastors at Concordia Seminary. The topic of self-care came up and I rattled off a list of things I've instituted to stay grounded and healthy. But now it's spring, and I'm straying from my own advice.
With the strains and demands of my vocations, I can slip into unhealthy habits. I know my limitations. I need healthy boundaries and habits to maintain balance. So here's my list - and personal reminder - of how to stay grounded.
Sleep. I aim for 7 hours. I sometimes struggle to sleep. It's the discipline of not staying up too late.
Exercise. I fluctuate between running, chasing kids, and cross-fit.
A counselor. I'm grateful to my benefit provider that I get a number of free counseling sessions every year. I see a Christian counselor for my general well-being. I need all the help I can get, so a set of professional eyes helps me with self-care and awareness.
Sabbath. One day a week I completely unplug. Since I work Sundays, Friday is my day. Sabbath means "cease," so I try to be as unproductive as possible. Maybe some outside yard work (which I find relaxing). But no e-mail or social media. Hopefully a nap, cooking something I like to eat, and wrestling with my kids.
Daily Devotional Time. For me, it's the first hour of the day - 5:30 or 6:00 AM. I have an ongoing prayer list, a devotional book, and I read through a book of the Bible a couple chapters a day.
Saying "No". I'm a people-pleaser, so I over-commit easily. I'm learning the art of politely saying "no." Every time you say "no" to one thing, you say "yes" to another.
Vacations: Take them.
Family and Friendship: For those of us so driven by our jobs, it's easy to marginalize our families and friends. I schedule all of my work appointments and commitments.
Why am I not that intentional with my family?
I'm working to get better about:
What would you add?