4 Ways to Win the War Against Fatigue
by Rachel Wojo
Perhaps you were standing in the grocery store line and overheard the words: “Oh, I’m fine, just tired.” Maybe someone asked “How are you?” to which you replied, “Doing well, but I am tired.” In an age when many physical demands of daily work is streamlined by machinery and technology, why are we a weary generation of women?
Could it be…
- That we fail to obtain the amount of rest our bodies need?
- That we over schedule and are constantly on the go?
- That we believe that being busy is the only way to be?
Based on the suggestions of women answering this question on my Facebook author page, all of the above and more are reasons we are worn and weary. But half the battle is knowing you are in a battle. With the right choices, we can win the war against fatigue! Let’s take a look at a few of those choices.
- Create sleep-promoting habits.
What is a sleep-promoting habit? It’s something you do on a regular basis each night to help you rest better. You probably (hopefully) already brush your teeth and wash your face. But some other ideas might be rubbing essential oil on your feet or reading for 10 minutes before lights out. Are you getting a regular number of hours of rest or is your sleep schedule sporadic? If it’s sporadic, then doing your best to rest the same number of hours each night can do wonders. Choosing to rest is not always a popular decision, but a wise one.
- Recognize the need to remove distractions.
Turn off the TV. Turn off the phone. Light a candle and give yourself 10 minutes of downtime. Sometimes the boldest thing you can do is take the next breath. Meditate on Scripture or find a place to sit and simply let God know you are listening. When I don’t waste mental energy on things I don’t really need to be thinking about, then I find myself with more usable energy.
- Sort and separate the feelings of exhaustion.
Am I tired due to physical limitations? Or is it the mental demand sucking out all my strength? In what kind of emotional state am I finding myself? And then spiritually where do I stand? When I separate the 4 areas of fatigue: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, then I can begin to sort the problems of where I feel the most fatigued and begin to take steps to counteract and fight against fatigue.
- Realize the True Source of strength.
Spiritually we often find ourselves tired of facing the same temptations and trials. We’re tired to trying to understand God’s plan. We’re tired of waiting on Him to change our circumstances. Psalm 118:13 says “I was pushed hard so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me.” Our strength to take one more step against the enemy comes from God. We gather this kind of strength by reading God’s Word, spending time in prayer, meeting with other Christians, listening to sermons, listening to worship music, and sharing our hearts. Moving from spiritually exhausted to energetic requires supernatural strength. Recognizing who God created you to be will enable you to do what he is calling you to do. We are not alone in the battle against getting worn out and weary in our faith. Be encouraged by 2 Chronicles 20:15:
“Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”
We can have the strength to win the war on fatigue by taking proactive measures, but ultimately, the battle is the Lord’s. Rest in his promises!
Today’s question: Why do you believe today’s Christian women are often tired and weary?
By his grace,
Rachel “WOJO” Wojnarowski is an author, blogger at RachelWojo.com, wife, and mother. In addition to two previous books, she has also written a popular six-week daily Bible reading plan for children, now used by more than 4 million people worldwide. Rachel loves reading, running, and teaching God’s Word. She and her family live in Ohio.
For more inspirational and practical ideas on finding strength, you’ll enjoy Rachel’s new release, One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up. Download the first chapter for FREE right now!
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