Let’s talk about fatigue…
It’s been a LONG 18 months. Who knew what all would come when the first stay-at-home orders were issued. No one could have imagined anything close to what we have experienced as human beings over the last year.
How about you?
Most people I talk to these days, say something like, “I’m tired.”
I’m not gonna lie, those words have come out of my mouth a lot.
Let’s be honest. The pandemic, the death of George Floyd, and subsequent protests certainly create a justifiable explanation for fatigue. Wouldn’t you agree? Oh, and let’s not forget a contentious political election cycle.
Whether you live here in the United States or not, the bottom line is that the global events we’ve all witnessed have had a profound impact on our being.
I sat with a friend, about two months ago, and most of our three-hour conversation centered around this very thing. It was interesting because the more we talked about this overwhelming sense of exhaustion the more it became clear to me that breakthrough would require a battle plan.
Fatigue is no joke and when we don’t pay attention to the signs we hurt ourselves and, frankly, those around us too. Did you know that there are different kinds of fatigue? We can experience emotional, mental, physical fatigue. And sometimes, all three at once!
I’m sure most of us recognize that the typical solution for weariness is rest, but that’s not always so easy to apply. For example, you can’t always relieve mental fatigue which a physical solution. I mean, taking a nap can certainly help, but giving the brain a break may require a different kind of rest.
Pastor Ryan talks with Jon Burchard and Corryn Vento, the resident counselors from In Him Christian Wellness about how to recognize and form a practical battle plan for fighting fatigue. This is such a timely conversation, but it is also profoundly useful as we continue to live our everyday lives.
Written by Maureen Brown
Maureen Is our Worship and Communications Pastor. She has served New Life Community alongside Pastor Ryan for 19 years. She is passionate about Jesus and His Church, which is why she does what she does. Maureen has been leading worship, teaching, and mentoring her entire adult life. She graduated in 1996, from Emmanuel Bible College with a Bachelor of Religious Education in Professional Studies with a double minor in Christian Education and Music and then married Ryan—the love of her life. Maureen is a blogger so she brings a special set of gifts that are well used in the area of Communications here at NLC.