Are You Taking Time to Refuel?

Maine Coon Kitten SleepingWhether you and I know it or not, fatigue is one of our worst enemies. Today, I’d like to talk with you about battling fatigue, and how to refuel so you can keep the monster of fatigue at bay.

Before I begin, let me admit right up front that I’m preaching to the choir here. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for months, and I have worn myself out. A friend of mine put it this way to me: “The real estate of Jamie is all sold.” I’m tired, and I can tell it’s taking a toll on me:

  • I haven’t been thinking clearly at work. (I do math all day at work, so thinking clearly is kind of important.)
  • I’ve been making bad food choices for the last week and a half, even though I was making great choices for a long time before that.
  • I am just “getting through” the things that I love, instead of relishing them.
  • I feel like I could sleep for days.

I just can’t do as much anymore.

I haven’t gotten it quite figured out which specific changes I will make, so I’m reverting to the method prescribed in the best little ebook ever, which I have mentioned before: Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews (affiliate link to 30 pages of awesomeness; read my review here). In the meantime, though, I’m taking time to refuel.

This means:

  • I’m going to bed earlier so I can SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP.
  • I’ve spent this last Saturday refreshing my mind with some fun stuff. Bruce and I have sat around and watched a bunch of fun movies (Disney’s Earth, Fred Astaire’s Daddy Long Legs, and other ones I can’t remember).
  • We’ve eaten out more than usual lately, which has helped me not have to cook. We do have to discontinue all this eating out because it’s expensive and unhealthy, but the rest from cooking has been really helpful.
  • I’m saying “no” to things on my calendar.
  • I’m really slimming down my time on Facebook. I love Facebook, but it can be such a time-drain, don’t you think?
  • I’m trying to spend extra time in the Word before I go to bed every evening. My main quiet time is in the morning, but I’ve noticed that I sleep better if I also soak in Scripture before I go to bed. So I’m doing that on purpose, and it’s really helpful.

What about you?

Are you worn out, stressed out, tired out? If so, what do you need to do about it?

Do you need to take some time to refuel?

It’s ok for us to say “no.” I have been the WORST about this for a long time, but it has caught up with me. Taking time to refuel has suddenly become just about Priority Numero Uno.

So I would like to encourage you, too: If you’ve been worn out like I am, take a look at your commitments and your schedule. What can you get rid of?

Even if you can’t get rid of something permanently, could you get someone to sub for you once in awhile?

See what kind of help you can round up. Put your foot down. Make the first things truly the first things in your life.

After you’ve eliminated some things, take time to really refresh:

  • Are you an outdoor addict? Go hiking, even if your to-do list says you shouldn’t.
  • Are you a movie buff? Reserve next Saturday and watch Netflix all day.
  • Are you tired? SLEEP! Sleep is anointed by God! Sleep long and soundly. You’ll feel much better afterwards!

By focusing our efforts on what’s really important and taking time to refuel, we can avoid burnout and take care of what really matters in the long run.

What does your schedule look like? Are you over-committed? If so, what can you do about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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  1. Angela Bley says:

    Thanks for the reminder to “refuel”. I’m guilty of going and doing but is it to stay busy so I can say that I am busy for the Lord, my family and work and that’s what it is… busy work or am I being effective? Your blog caused me to stop and think. Do I want to do 100 things to say “Look how busy and driven I can be?” or do would I rather have only 10 things where I’m truly effective and not feeling burnt out? I would rather be effective than be busy.
    And oh, I loved your tip on beginning and ending your day soaking in the Word!
    Oh one last thing, I’m a movie buff too! Tom and I love animation alot! We love the creativity of it! However I do love a good Clint Eastwood movie! And we watched a good one this weekend!
    Thank you for being so transparent and someone we can relate too! Blessings to you!

  2. So good! I know we can run and run and run, but after a while we aren’t doing anything well.

    Facebook is a drainer. Ug! Sometimes, I tell myself I can only get on facebook once a day. Easier said than done. I don’t know why it sucks me in so much. We are nosey human beings I think :)

    Thanks for reminding me to take time to refresh! Sundays are a day of rest and I want to try to make them that!

    • It is hard! Every time that little red dot comes up on my Facebook app on my phone, I want to grab the phone immediately and see what it is! And it could always wait, but can I wait? Ha. Not usually. :( LOL.

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