Summer is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love the ability to just rest and enjoy the nice weather without the stress of school. But there is something I find myself falling into a lot during these summer months… summer stress.
I love being busy and having things to do, so when I have free time, it doesn’t stay free very long. Which is great but I have to make sure I don’t run myself too hard and forget to enjoy this time I’m blessed with.
I wanted to share a few ways I’m able to keep my mental sanity when the summer fun starts taking a toll on me. Now I am not an expert at this by any means… I have my break downs and stressful days. But I’m learning how to recover better and bridge the gap between summer fun and stress less living. Because summer is a great time to pour into our Christ family as well as nonbelievers. We need to be on our A game in order to love others well, at least I do.
For me, that starts with a great night’s sleep. I know that seems odd and out of place but it’s so true. I can tell what kind of day I’m going to have if I didn’t sleep well (hint… it’s not a great one). I need to be well rested in order to be upbeat.
Now this next part is crucial for overcoming summer stress… so focus in!
I’ve got to read my Bible first thing in the morning. I need to start overcoming my pride and selfish desires right when my feet hit the ground. It’s a daily fight and I don’t have anytime to waste. This is the time where my heart gets to rest, when my mind is able to stop and just delight in my sweet Jesus. I know I am held and loved by Him and those facts allow me to then love others.
Once I have those things covered, I jump back into the business, into the summer fun, and into the blessing of another day. For me, bridging the gap between summer fun and holy rest can be difficult when I’m not intentional with my time.
This past weekend my family went on a weekend trip to see my sister, and I totally failed at this “Bridging the Gap” thing. Here’s how it went down…
We arrived back at our house at 2:45 A.M. I was unable to sleep on the plane so I was exhausted… I threw my packed bag on the ground (managed to take my makeup off.. score!) and fell right into bed (notice there was no alarm setting… 😦 )
My amazing friend and I were going to meet to take pictures for my blog at 10:30, I had a meeting at 1:45 and then work that night. So I knew I needed a good nights rest for my busy day.
Then I awoke from my deep slumber… AT 10:25?!?! Looks like I forgot to set my alarm while I was frantically getting ready for bed at 2:45 in the morning… ugh.
I rushed over to the shoot and my found my friend with a nice cold Startbucks drink for me. It’s as if she knew how rough of a morning I was having. God works in mighty ways friends… mighty mighty ways!
The rest of the day went a little better (besides getting gasoline all over my shoes… I’ll spare you the details, it was embarrassing.) But I can’t help but chuckle as I write this post because some days you just aren’t put together. But if you can get a little Jesus time and some sleep in, I can promise your day will be better.
It’s all about bridging the gap… being able to transfer from fun to work and vise versa without dropping all of the moving parts we need to function.
So from one mess to another, keep fighting and hang in there. Do the things tonight that you’ll be thankful for tomorrow.
I’m praying for you guys!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster