“I’m so exhausted!”
I can’t tell you how often these words leave my lips. It happens far more often than I care to admit. The pressures of work, family, and life in general leave me feeling overwhelmed and overloaded. So how do I unwind? How do I get my joy and delight back? Let me share some of the things that I like to do to relax.
Time to Take a Break
It sounds so simple, but it can be very hard to do. Its hard because I am a doer. My days are filled with family, church, work, and school activities. But sometimes I just need a break; which is exactly what I’m doing right now. I have made it a point not to fill my time off with a bunch of tasks. This time is designed to get recharged. I have felt my tank running on empty. Below are five things that I like to do that recharge me. Perhaps as you see what I like to do with my down time, it will inspire you to find ways to unwind yourself.
Spend quality time with my wife
Whether its a movie or TV show, I like to snuggle up on the coach with my wife. Besides just entertaining ourselves in front of the TV, we read together, play games, go shopping, take road trips, and so much more. In short, we spend quality time together. She laughs at my ridiculous jokes and I listen to what’s on her heart. Just a little aside here, guys don’t neglect this! When she gets home in the evenings, we spend as much time together as we can. Cherish the quality time spent with your loved ones.
Read good books
My walk with Christ is central to my life. I get up each day and have a quiet time with my Bible open (sometimes with worship music in the background). But I need more than just a daily dose. Sometimes I need an infusion. I do thins by reading good books. There is usually a stack of books that I want to consume by my desk. Today is no different. Breaks permit me the time to do just that. Of course, I don’t just read non-fiction works on the Bible and theology. Some of my favorite authors are novelists, like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. I have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings many times over. In short, I just like to read. I only wish I had more time to do it.
Drink a delicious cup of coffee
Did someone say coffee? Let me be a little honest here. I like coffee a little too much (that and chocolate). There is something very refreshing about a hot cup of coffee. The smell of a rich roasted blend can often be found in my home. You can be assured that while I am taking it easy, I’m tanking up on the good stuff! Just don’t tell my doctor, please.
Time for writing
As a kid, I used to pretend to write books. I imagined myself a fantasy or science fiction writer. In high school and college, I found that I enjoyed academic writing as well. I wish that I had kept some of those early works, even though they would be painful to read now. It would be interesting to see how I’ve grown as a writer. There are a number of ideas floating around in my head at any given time, but very little time to actually do it. Breaks give me time to give more attention to this passion. What I love most about writing is being able to educate and inspire readers. What kind of writing do you enjoy reading? What works captivate you attention?
If you don’t already know what Minecraft is, that’s okay (I’ll forgive you). I like to think of this PC video game as Legos for the computer. I can let my creative inner-child out to play. It can be very relaxing to build a house or castle any way I want. You may think me silly, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
This is a sampling of what I like to do. During this down time I’m doing some of these things today. I know this season of rest won’t last forever, but I am making the most of the time that I have.
Question: What do you like to do to relax? What activities bring you joy and delight? Let me know in the comments below.