Gather your strength when you must; rest when you are weary.
We all get tired, which is okay, for we all need to rest and recoup, each in our own way. When you sleep, you replenish your energy and allow your body and mind to relax.
We all need to dig deep at times and pull on our reserves. If we don’t rest when we need it, we will not have the reserves to be useful. Listen to your body, and it will let you know, as will your mind, when you need rest.
If you ignore the signs, you can do great harm to yourself in ways too numerous to list. Lack of sleep makes us lose focus and not be fully observant of what is happening around us. Our body uses up its reserves, leaving us weakened and open to infection and mishap.
Tired legs stumble, tired eyes close, all presenting opportunity for injury. A tired mind is not observant either. It makes mistakes, and since it controls the body, it causes the body to make mistakes.
Eat a well-balanced diet full of nutrients and vitamins for a healthy body. These will also feed your mind, but you must continue learning and stretching, or exercising, your brain.
Learn to meditate, even if only for a few minutes a day. This allows you to quiet your mind and body and do a self-check-in. Determine where you are in need and work on that. Listen to your body, search for those aches and pains and any fatigue that has set in.
But what of our spirit? A weary soul leaves us open to the enemy; poor judgement prevails in the absence of light. We must also tend and nurture our spirit to keep our light shining. This is done through prayer and maintaining a connection with God. When you are weary, ask God to surround you with his protective love and light while you replenish your stores.
We all need to be the caretakers for ourselves. Learn when you can go full speed and when you need to stop and replenish. When you feel depleted, whether it be mind, body, or soul, gather your strength.
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