Jo’s Journal: We All Need Time to Relax and Recharge

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We All Need Time to Relax and Recharge

Spending the Afternoon with Family at a Local Winery

by Joanne Troppello

“Sometimes, the best way to recharge is to unplug.” – Chris Butler

We’re all busy with so many responsibilities. We need time to recharge. Maybe that would be spending time in the Word, listening to worship music, taking a relaxing bubble bath, or spending time with friends or family. If you want to be able to encourage others, continue with your daily responsibilities, and make a difference in this world—you need to take time to relax and recharge.

Getting Out in Nature

My sister invited my husband and me to go with her to a local winery for a wine tasting. She brought some food along and so did we. It was a nice semi-impromptu dinner outside. The weather was pleasant. It was a beautiful sunny day. We all enjoyed each other’s company. The country setting was so peaceful.

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I told my husband later on that it was a refreshing, peaceful excursion and one we all needed. It was so good to be outside, enjoying nature and each other’s company. Of course, drinking some wine definitely added to the relaxation factor.

Reading the Bible

Spending time reading through the book of Psalms has been good for me. I read one Psalm a day and then use our Thomas Nelson Study Bible (NKJV) to read the comprehensive notes pertaining to each (or at least most) of the verses in that chapter.

Reading the Bible is a great way to refocus your mind and destress from life. You can put aside all your problems and stress and meditate on the message that God has for you right in that moment. I’ve been a Christian for a long time. I’ve read through the Bible one time and have read and reread most of it, multiple times through the years. However, when you are open to hearing from the Holy Spirit as you read and study, He will reveal different things to you—pertaining to what you need to hear in that moment.

Embracing Relationships

Spending time with friends and family can help you to relax and recharge. Just be wise in whom you choose to spend that precious time with. When you need to relax and recharge, you are likely stressed or overwhelmed and need to move yourself away from tense situations.

When it’s time to destress, embrace the relationships in your life that are positive, edifying, and motivate you to become a better person. Spend time with people who are in the same headspace of wanting to grow in the Lord and build His Kingdom, not their own kingdoms here on Earth.

Listening to Music

When I need to relax, I typically listen to praise and worship music. Maybe your way of unwinding is listening to heavy metal music while exercising. You might like to listen to instrumental music while sitting outside after work drinking a glass of wine.

“Without music, life would be blank to me.” – Jane Austen

Whatever type of music helps you to relax, listen to that while you’re going for a walk, taking a hike, relaxing at home, or taking a calming bubble bath. Get to know yourself—if you don’t already—and focus on listening to the right music in the right moment, especially when you need to unwind.

How do you unwind after a long day?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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