Life can often feel overwhelming, and I’m talking monumentally overwhelming. It’s like one day everything is going great and the next you can’t go twenty minutes without having a minor meltdown. Let me tell you sister, you’re not alone in feeling that way. I have experienced this. I have seen many of my friends go through this. So how do we get through it?
Take some time to disconnect and reconnect with God.
Imagine how God feels watching us struggle to get that raise, work to improve our dance technique, schedule that extra workout, and grocery shop to meal prep for the next week, all while trying to find time with God. Stop trying to do everything by yourself! It’s too much pressure to bear. That is why God tells us…
“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” – Psalm 55:22
God wants to carry your burden.
I know that it’s difficult to find time to pray, read your Bible, go to church, and do all the other things we try to do but sometimes fail at amidst a busy schedule. So here are five things that actually work for me when trying to disconnect from a busy schedule and reconnect with God.
- Pick a word of the week
Every Monday I sit down and block out my week with what I plan to do. During this time I pray to God and ask him to give me one word that I (and people in my life) need that week. God knows us better than we know ourselves. Instead of YOU trying to figure out what you need, ask Him- He knows what’s best. These are a few words He has given me this year: Rest, Peace of Mind, Encouragement, and Prayer.
- Set aside time daily.
I have tried to wake up early every morning to read my Bible. I have also tried to read it every night before going to bed. Me trying only lasts for a while before my best attempts fail at keeping it going. People who can commit to one of these practices and follow through successfully must be disciplined like Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid because, let’s face it- efforts alone don’t make it! Instead, this year, I have a different mindset. I set a goal to read the Bible every day whenever I feel like it. Keywords – feel like it. This means sometimes it’s in the morning. Sometimes it’s in the evening, or anywhere in between. And guys, let me tell you, it’s a game changer! I find that I am reading the Bible because I want to, not because I have to. I usually read a chapter and then journal my thoughts. The whole process takes me about 10 minutes. Staying consistent has changed everything for me.
- Weekly gratitude notes
Every Monday, as I block out my schedule, I refer back to the previous week to reflect on what I was thankful for, and I write it down in my planner. Sometimes it is something simple like “Thank you Lord for giving me confidence in dance class,” and other times its huge like “Lord thank you for good friends because I wouldn’t have made it through this week without them.” But either way, I start my week with a positive mindset as I reflect on all the reasons why I am grateful. Try it!
- Rest your mind
It’s easy to jam pack your schedule with work, dance classes, workouts, and appointments, but you have to find time to rest also. For me, this was difficult because I am highly motivated and efficient. I thought that if I wasn’t doing something productive 24/7 that I was wasting time. I realized that just because my body doesn’t always need the rest, my mind does. In rest, our minds reset. God knows this, which is why the Bible talks about the Sabbath. I’m not saying you need one day out of the week to stay home and do nothing. But scheduling a time to rest means refreshing the mind and clearing a path for the week..
- Set your phone down for a minute.
Lastly, and I know this is a hard one, set your phone down for a minute. Take a break from texting and phone calls and social media. You will be surprised how easy it is to destress when you take a break from technology. Use the time you would typically be on your phone to do one of the steps above.
I Hope this helps you all disconnect from the stress of a dancer’s life and reconnect to God. I know it has helped me!
written by Kristin Dodd