For several weeks now (well, really it seems like several years), we’ve been slammed with various heart breaking events, but along with those comes the daily responsibilities of real life that doesn’t take a vacation. We’ve been running on little sleep, long days, and too much caffeine. I’ve reached the point of physical, mental, and emotional depletion that can be paralyzing.
Being “slammed” is a spiritually vulnerable position to be in and not a place you need to remain in for an extended period.
I call it “hitting the wall.” Ever been there? Maybe you’re there today; if you are, here’s what I find helpful when I’m slammed:
- Revisit truth
Scripture is always the first place to go. I hope you read yesterday’s post and noticed that I shared with you how I “preached” Lamentations 3:17–26 to myself! I also have a dog-eared Spurgeon devotional that I’ve marked up through the years. When I’m at a low point, it is so helpful to revisit a verse or devotional page where God has met me many times. I also use my journals to remind myself of His faithfulness. Recounting truth about God is vital for me when I’m slammed. (If you missed yesterday’s post where I shared how God used Jeremiah’s message to renew my hope, I hope you’ll flip back there to read it.)
- Call on a truth-speaking friend for prayer
I don’t understand all that goes on in the spiritual realm when we cry out to God together, but big things happen. When I get honest with a trustworthy friend about my need, and she cries out with me for help, God responds in a powerful way. Scripture instructs us to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). One way we are to “carry” our burdens is by joining our hearts together in prayer.
- Tackle what’s on my plate in small doses
When I’m overwhelmed, the hardest thing is actually starting projects that have been pushed to the back burner. But procrastination will only increase my stress and workload. For the biggies that I’ve been putting off, I set a small goal and then set a timer. That gets me started, and once I accomplish my first task, I have more motivation to keep going.
- Get some rest
When I’m in a depleted state, sometimes the best thing I can do for my body and spirit is to get some sleep. It is important go to bed earlier than normal. If I have opportunity, I grab a short afternoon nap. Sometimes that means giving up some computer or phone time in order to take care of my health by getting a good amount of sleep.
- Exercise for endorphins
The last thing I feel like doing when I’m slammed is exercise—I don’t even feel I can cross the room! But, just like the workload that needs to be tackled, if I set a small goal (walk to the mailbox) it gets my little endorphin buddies to work and soon my outlook is much better.
If you’re not in the wall-hitting phase today, consider saving this blog for one of those paralyzing days. Truth and encouragement are great motivators when you’re struggling to get back in the race!
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us for days when we feel slammed?