Are you tired and burnt out?
Between all the things you have to do during the day, you are probably wishing you could have caffeine as an IV. Why isn’t there more time in the day?
As women, it can feel like we are hardwired to take care of everyone and everything. This often leaves us with little time to focus on ourselves. And if you are a mom, even going to the bathroom by yourself for two minutes.
I know when I am feeling extra exhausted I tend to get more irritable and anxious. Taking time to step away has been instrumental in how I serve my family and others in the community.
We can’t serve from an empty cup. We need to continually renourish our minds, bodies and souls to be able to fulfill our God-given purpose. Self care ultimately leads to us showing up for the ones we love and glorifying God in the process.
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What does the Bible say about Self Care?
Self care might not sound counterintuitive to being a good Christian. But when we practice self care, we are honoring our bodies and reminding ourselves of our limits. Living a life of constant overwhelm isn’t what God wants for us.
Jesus often practiced self care by prioritizing rest. He felt the same burdens and troubles that we do. He retreated often to refuel himself and reconnect with God.
Self care is about good stewardship of our mind, body and souls. It’s about taking time to rest – a gift that God wants us to indulge in!
Here are bible verses that will help you prioritize taking care of yourself so you can serve others.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
1 Corinthians 3:16: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Psalm 46:5: God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Luke 5:16: But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Mark 6:31: And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Isaiah 41:10: fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
5 Self Care Strategies for Christian Women
So you might be wondering how a christian practices self care. You don’t have to make a drastic change, just start small.
Choose one thing today or this week that can help fill you with more gratitude and joy.
Change Your Mindset About Self Care
The first and most important is to change your mindset about self care. You need to understand that self care and rest is a biblical concept. When you start to focus on the truth, you will fully embrace the freedom and rest God has to offer.
Self care allows us to avoid burnout and prioritize the things that are important to us. Allow yourself daily rhythms of grace and self care so you can show up as your best self.
Join a Bible Study for Self Care
I recently joined a Community Bible Study and this has been so energizing for me. I get to spend time and learn from other women about God’s Word.
Make sure you take time out of your weekly or monthly routine to do a bible study and fellowship with other women. Allow scripture to nourish and replenish your soul.
Plan a Personal Self Care Retreat
As mentioned above, Jesus often took personal retreats. You can plan a half day or a full day to get away and spend time in nature.
My personal favorite is to retreat to the mountains. I will turn off my social media and I bring my Bible and a journal to reflect on my life and the ways God has shown up. I also like to take nature walks while listening to worship music. You can’t help but notice God’s good design while spending time in nature.
With that said, a personal self care retreat is all about YOU! Think about what you like to do and go enjoy some time for yourself away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Prioritize Rest for Self Care
God created the world and on the seventh day, He rested! God designed us with limits and wants us to enjoy rest.
Prioritize taking time to slow down and relax. Rest allows us to glorify and depend on God. Ultimately we find our rest in God who will always provide for us.
Choose Joy as Self Care
Joy is a daily choice. No matter what is going on, you can choose joy as part of your self care routine.
I love this Write the Word Journal that has helped remind me of God’s faithfulness so I can be content and joyful in any situation. The Write the Word Journal invites you to delight in the goodness of God. This volume will help you celebrate the joy that yours as a daughter of the King!
Prayer about Self Care
As part of any self care routine, you should prioritize prayer and spending time alone with God. He wants to be in a relationship with us. He listens to our requests and cares about our worries.
Whenever you feel overwhelmed or burnt out, turn to God and ask Him for help. Fight the good fight of faith by staying in prayer.
”Dear Lord, I have too much on my plate. Help me to learn how to prioritize and take care of myself. Thank you that you are God who gives us rest. Remind me that I can bring my cares and worries to you. Help me to slow down and embrace rest so I can show up for those I care about. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Do you have favorite self care strategies? If so, comment below.