Help for the relaxation impaired

I have a confession to make.

I’m not very good at relaxing.

What I mean is that it takes some work to calm my mind. When I’m supposed to be mellow in a semi-trance of blissfulness with my uber-cool sunglasses, my brain easily wanders back to my gargantuan to-do list.

Can you relate?

If not, consider yourself blessed. If so, maybe this will help.

Since I’ve been impaired in the relaxation department for about 20 years, I’ve learned a few tricks. One of them is this:

Get your mind on the right things to get your mind off the wrong things.

Let me explain:

The human mind is proficient. If you’re used to operating at a certain speed, your mind will continue to operate at a certain speed—even if you’re trying to relax. If you sit there just trying to think of nothingness you’ll probably fail because your brain will simply stuff a lot of other information into the void—information which includes annoying things to worry about or a growing to-do list.

So when my mind gets overactive in all the wrong ways, I direct my thoughts to biblical truth that preaches the peace of God into my soul.

One of my favourites is repeating the 23rd psalm to myself. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures…” Another is Psalm 131: “My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me…”

If you’re trying to relax over the Christmas holidays, or even if you’re just trying to calm yourself in the evening or during a break from school or work, direct your thoughts to biblical truth that preaches the peace of God into your soul.

Get your mind on the right things to get your mind off the wrong things.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Speaking of relaxing, I’m taking next week off! So “Up!” will go on pause after Saturday and return on January 9th. Happy New Year!

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