Posted by: Dr. Jennifer Fee | October 10, 2010

A Day of Rest. Do You Take One?

It’s Sunday.  I am looking forward to going to church, watching my son play baseball, and watching both baseball and football on TV.  There’s no work in my schedule (In case you are wondering, I am writing this post on Saturday night)!  I do everything I can to make Sunday a day of rest.

The focus of my day will be on family, friends and God.  All major religions have a Sabbath and the commonality that they all share is that the purpose is to get you to stop what you normally do and focus on something else! 

Some of that focus is physical rest and some of that focus is mental rest.  Obviously some of it is for spiritual reasons–to take dedicated time to focus on one’s relationship with God, which can be difficult to do if one does not rest physically and mentally!

Stress is cumulative.  In other words, the more stress you experience in a given year, the more likely you are to experience a stress-related illness.  Therefore, it is essential that we develop a lifestyle designed to alleviate the effects of stress.  Taking a regular, weekly day of rest is one of the best ways to combat the effects of our stressful lives. 

In addition to resting, a sabbath can help us build healthy relationships.  When we are busy with work and “tasks” we have little time for relationship.  Healthy, supportive relationships with people and with God help tremendously to combat the effects of stress.

So, what are you doing today? 

–Dr. Jennifer Fee

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