How to Prevent Stress and Burnout in a Fast-paced World
How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Burnout Naturally
In a global survey of business leaders, stress levels increased by an average of 50% in 12 months. An Australian survey reveals 1 in 3 people are seriously affected by stress, anxiety and depression .
You didn’t need anyone to tell you that life is stressful. You are experiencing it first hand!
There is stress getting the family out the door in the morning. There is heavy traffic on the roads. There are demanding customers, pressure and never-ending deadlines to deal with at work. After an exhausting day, you head home for a second shift of stress and pressure where you may face relationship problems, financial problems, and all of the issues associated with running a home and raising families in today’s complex world.
We rush around and multi-task in a futile attempt to get ahead in life, while often neglecting the things that matter most – our emotional, physical and spiritual health, and precious time with the ones we love the most.
Perhaps it is time to hit the “pause” button – to take a breather in time and stop running. What if there was one day in every week where you were supposed to put down the smartphone and step away from the computer, ignore the household chores and bills, and just spend time relaxing with friends and family and recharging your batteries without pressure or guilt?
The great news is that such a day does exist! God built it into your schedule right at the beginning of time! In the book of Genesis in the first chapter, we read about God creating the world in 6 days – including the creation of a man and woman on the 6th day (Genesis 1:27). After a very busy week of creating the mountains, the trees and the animals, Genesis 2:2,3 says that on the 7th day, God rested and set apart a day to be refreshed physically and spiritually, and spend time with His new friends enjoying the beautiful world He created.
“On the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work…Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Geneses 2:2,3).
No more waiting for holidays to recharge your batteries, the Sabbath is God’s remedy for burn-out, arriving right on time after every stressful week!
The Sabbath was designed by God to be remembered for all time. But many people have forgotten about the Sabbath, or have never even heard of it. In fact, at a time in the world where stress levels have reached an all-time high, research reveals that less than 1% of the global population keeps the Sabbath. Some go to church on Sunday (first day of the week) for a few hours, but don’t realise the day that God blessed and set apart was in fact the seventh-day of the week – known today as Saturday. You can find it right in the heart of the Ten Commandments.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11).
Note that Jesus wants EVERYONE – even animals – to rest from labour and be refreshed on the Seventh day.
But won’t any day do, as long as I take a whole day off?
Sabbath is a memorial of Creation in the same way that your birthday is a memorial of the day you came into the world. God has put a special blessing on that day that is not available on any other day.
In the Bible, a day always began at sunset the evening before. “From evening to evening, you shall celebrate your Sabbath” (Leviticus 23:32). So Sabbath begins Friday sunset through Saturday night sunset.
Sabbath (Saturday) has been honoured all through history as God’s special day of rest. Jesus himself kept the Sabbath every week (Luke 4:16). Jesus disciples kept the Sabbath even at the time of his death.
“Then the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56).
Jesus’ disciples continued to keep the Sabbath after his resurrection and ascension. The book of Acts shows numerous occasions of Jesus disciples gathering together to celebrate the Sabbath (Acts 13:42-44). Never once was Sunday mentioned as the day that replaced the Sabbath, nor were we given instruction to worship on Sunday in honour of the Lord’s resurrection. You can search the entire Bible – such a text does not exist.
So why is it that the majority of Christians keep Sunday rather than the Seventh-day Sabbath that God commanded? We will explore this important subject in a future blog.
Jesus invites those who are stressed out to embrace His Sabbath, and experience true rest. “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
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