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4 Ways to Win the War Against Fatigue

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…

 

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  • 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

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TLM-BOOK-GIVEWAY-OPTIN-TEMPLATE-messy-beautiful-love-2   Rachel Wojo profile cropped

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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38 comments on “4 Ways to Win the War Against Fatigue

  1. tammy says:

    Being honest. I have few words today but seems like I could really use this book

  2. Virginia says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I feel I am in a constant state of weary and would love to figure out how to break this cycle!
    Thank you and God bless you for what you do!

  3. Cindi Willis says:

    I would love to win a copy of your new book, One More Step!

  4. Kaylee Vida says:

    I’m new to Rachel’s blog but am loving it. Would love to win a copy of her book!

  5. Laura says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book! Thank you o much for what you do, and God bless!

  6. kat says:

    I think Christian women are so tired and weary is because they are taking up the slack for the men who are supposed to be the leaders of the home, cooking, cleaning, praying, taking care of children/grandchildren, working, going to church, involved in ministries…it’s too much for one person. I’m not saying all men are like that but it seems to be the majority of those that I know. Would love to win this book too! 🙂

  7. Cherie Roberton says:

    I have this book and am attending Rachael’s online study. I would love to be able to share a copy with a friend I know could use help taking one more step.

  8. Marla Massey says:

    I have loved one more step the bible study that has gone with it

  9. Tressy Hoofnagle says:

    Today would be a great day to win a copy of your book!

  10. Janet Gooden says:

    As a follower of Christ, the mother of nine and grandmother to 6, Wife to a man following GOD’s path out of our comfort zone, owner of a GOD given company that is struggling, weary has become my middle name. If it wasn’t for GOD’s strength and HIS grace I could not take another step. I truly am walking in faith! Thank You for your emails I get. I am not on facebook, but I try to read the scriptures you talk about in the emails (as I can!)
    I pray for blessings for your ministry.

  11. Mary Tullila says:

    Boundary lines and saying no is beneficial. I could use your book !

  12. Anessa says:

    Today’s world is s o fast paced. I constantly feel pulled in all directions, but at the end of the day, I feel exhausted from spinning my wheels. This book can hopefully she’d some light on this for me

  13. Michelle says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book. I read the first chapter down load and I could relate to it so much.

  14. Jennifer Evans says:

    This would be a great book for me:)

  15. Brianna R says:

    Your blog is so encouraging! I would love to read your book as well.

  16. Christine says:

    Would love to win this!

  17. Kathy says:

    The book is powerful so if you don’t win it, it’s worth the investment. I agree knowing and setting healthy boundaries in the four areas of our being physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual is essential. We we are fatigued, lacking in one area, another area is robbed. Balance. Such a buzz word, but it is true. I pray we continue to seek guidance and wisdom that will result in taking care of each of the 4 areas in our life, so we may not be so spent, fatigued… Self care is important. Spending time alone with God, in the word, praising Him with music, definitely helps me manage my fatigue due to illness better and quiets my soul.

  18. JUDY ROZEMA says:

    I would love to win this book! Its hard to say no , I want to help everyone I can! This makes me weary and tired.

  19. Martha says:

    I have already downloaded the first chapter and the stepping stones journal. I was so excited to do the first chapter and use the doodling method of journaling. I have never heard of this before. I would be over joyed if I could win a copy of One More Step. It really spoke to me where I am in my life right now with alot of health issues. God bless.

  20. Angela Loven says:

    Thanks for doing a give-away!

  21. Jamie Ukes says:

    I would be so grateful to win a copy of One More Step. I am going through some difficult times right now, especially with some heart health concerns and problems with my grown daughters and my 2 year old granddaughter who all live with me. I am the primary caregiver of my granddaughter.I am feeling very tired and overwhelmed. I can’t seem to get adequate rest. This book would really help me. Thank you and God bless you!

  22. Polly Schneider says:

    I think women are always tired because we spread ourselves too thin and our expectations are way too high. Sometimes I feel too much is expected from us as women. I would love to win a copy of your book.

  23. Joya Hartley says:

    This book would be a great addition to our sharing library

  24. Rekkah Williams says:

    I would love to get this book. I so often feel tired and weary.

  25. Christine A Calabrese says:

    I would love to read this book. I have suffered from severe fatigue and it is something some people don’t understand and therefore think you are lazy. I need help with my fatigue!

  26. Debra says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, would love to win a copy of your new book, One More Step! 🙂

  27. Cathy Edwards says:

    I definitely need to read this!

  28. Faye Hill says:

    We are fatigued and tired because
    1. We have embroidered agendas- far more complicated than they need to be. Keeping it simple and basic is a great idea
    2. We do many things out of fear of comparison with others
    3.We do it out of guilt.. What if we don’t do something and it has a negative outcome.? What will others think and say of me?
    4.We do it because we like to be in control. So we helicopter over others and events and take on board much of which isn’t ours to take
    5.We measure our worth by what can be seen- our actions and what we do.
    Doesn’t sound much like what we are commanded to do. Matt 6 25-34

  29. Mary Townsend says:

    Would love to share this book with a young mom who seems to need to slow down and just take that one more step out of the busy exhausting life as a single mom with 3 children into the arms of a loving Father and fill her life with Jesus.

  30. Susie Lyons says:

    Today would be a great day to win this book!

  31. Christine says:

    I so need this book!! I’ve been diagnosed with RA and the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual fatigue are really weighing me down.

  32. Lindsey says:

    I would love a copy, so I could do the bible study the later on. I didn’t get it ordered in time. Was hoping my mother would if ordered it thru amazon so I could get the free shipping but she never did. So now if I don’t win I’ll just go ahead and order it then.

  33. Fran says:

    I would like to read this book and fight against fatigue!

  34. Andrea Santiago says:

    I would love to win this book. I know it would a blessing my life.

  35. jacki reid says:

    need this book!!

  36. Janet C. says:

    God Bless everyone and Rachel Wojo for all the great resources she provides about our awesome God.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of “One More Step!”.

  37. Linda Harrington says:

    I have a someone who is going through a divorce right now and would love to share this book with her. Actually, there are quite a few people I am thinking of that I would like to share this book with. I am thinking I need to order some to give away myself, so receiving one free would greatly help.

  38. Cassie says:

    We as women more often than not look to our friends, family, people we don’t even know for approval on how to live our lives. Believing we aren’t worthy, will never measure up, and aren’t confident in who God created us to be keeps us going, going, going…. The rat race of life, the crazy cycle, the looking all around us instead of looking up to our Heavenly Father!

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