If you’re like me, relaxing is SO hard. I try to meditate and all I can think about is what I have to do. I try to listen to a podcast and my mind wanders. I attempt to sit on the couch for a few minutes and I either get antsy about the things I should be doing or I just crash completely. I try to pray and suddenly I’m thinking about the most random thing in the world, and it’s not Jesus! Do any of these sound familiar?
If relaxing is hard for you, here’s a tip: start small. Do one thing for 15 minutes each day that relaxes you. Whether it be sitting in your car when you get to work or home from work and just being in the moment, or praying, or sitting on the couch watching your kids play, just try doing it for 15 minutes each day. After two weeks, increase it to 20 minutes. By the end of your first month, you should be able to relax for at least a half hour every single day.
What you pick as your relaxation activity is up to you. I’m challenging you to make the time to do it, incrementally. Baby steps–starting today.