Fatigue can hit us physically, mentally or spiritually. Keeping one of these areas fit for the situations of life will help when the others wain, whether through neglect or over-exertion; though the best way to fight off fatigue is to focus on the fitness of all three areas.
Since time seems to be a luxury few posses an abundance of, here are three simple tips that simultaneously help to fight off fatigue in our body, mind and soul:
Eat a proper diet. Garbage in, garbage out may sound too simplistic but it’s simply true. Doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy a piece of pie but it does mean when life isn’t a piece of cake the sugar isn’t going to cut it! We need energy that will last with portions that don’t weigh us down. Remember the food pyramid from school? A balanced diet promotes a balanced body, and too much junk food will eventually throw off the equilibrium.
Exercise builds strength. Even a little exercise goes a long way. Doing nothing leads to atrophy which leads directly to apathy. Perhaps “no pain, no gain” isn’t always the best rule of thumb for exercise, but no gain leads to pain and twiddling our thumbs will lead to weakness. Working-out works!
Get proper rest. Sleep does wonders. It’s essential to the soundness we need. A lot of things are vying for the time in our schedule but if we fail to leave time for rest, the rest of the schedule will suffer! The accumulative effect of neglecting rest will indeed add years to our life … just not in a good way. Sleep on that one and you’ll get it.
The scriptures that apply to all three of these tips, and the problem of fatigue that comes from neglecting them, are readily available for those who know how to look for them; but if you need help getting pointed in the right direction, let me know and I’ll be glad to help.
“And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.” (Mark 6:31-32 NKJV)