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Published on March 4th, 2017 | by Discussion Questions

What are practical things you do to rest?

REGAN WRITES: I am a very busy teenager who tends to struggle to take time for constructive rest. I struggle to take good breaks and spend what little “off” time I have wisely. What are different ways you rest? How do you intentionally make time to rest?

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  • Lydia Graham

    Hi Regan,
    I have about the opposite problem you have, I tend to take to much time doing pleasure resting. Although one of my favorite things to do is to lie on my bed and read a good book. When I get up, I am usually quite rested, plus it is fun. Hope this helps

  • Okie Gal

    I’m the worst at this. Sorry.

    • Okie Gal

      On second thought, I do just sit on my bed and listen to music sometimes. That’s really nice.

      • Okie Gal

        Or I workout which is relaxing in a weird way. And if I’m too sore, I’ll stretch and maybe read or something.

  • Louis Gervais

    Hey Regan. I’m on the road a lot, so (when driving alone) I love singing God’s praises and praying out loud. OK, that’s not really rest, buy it’s nice. Also, I’m trying to learn how to play the guitar, and it’s fun and sort of relaxing to play and sing prayers…

  • Okie Gal

    I climb a lot which is amazing rest mentally, and super fun. Pretty much anytime you can get outside.

  • cowboyclayt

    I tend to go outside in God’s creation. Watching my pigs is very relaxing! 😀 Reading is very relaxing too! Although I tend to lean more towards being lazy. :/

  • Lindsey

    Hey Regan! First off, great question. I think a lot of teens (especially those in high school or college) struggle with this, myself included. But rest is important, so how do we do it?
    Make sure that you are spending time with God everyday. Our relationship with Him is important above all else. Don’t ‘find time’ for Him. He is of utmost importance.
    Read a chapter of the Bible in the morning as a way to start out the day. But making it a time for rest requires you to do it while you are not doing anything else. Don’t make your time with God while you do your hair or get dressed, etc. This takes your focus, even if in the slightest bit, off. If you need to get up earlier than normal, do it. Make some coffee or tea or something and sit on your bed with your Bible. Pray before you begin that God would use this time to teach or show you something. Read then journal for a little bit.
    Of course, you don’t have to do this all like I have said, but it is a method that has proved calming to me.
    Spending time with God is not a chore. Enjoy it :3)

    Another way to rest is to go to bed early. If you can’t fall asleep, maybe listen to some music or read a book, as other people have recommended.
    Intentionally spend some time with your family. Obviously I have no clue what your family life is like, but they are the people that will be with us the longest whether we like it now or not. Friends come and go, but family is with us for life.
    If you have a pet (like a dog or cat), spend some time playing with them. They will enjoy it and it may be a nice way to get your mind off of other things for a time.
    Set some time aside every week, every other week, or month to go out and do something. Maybe go ride a bike at a park or go meet up with a friend at a coffee shop.
    Resting can be done both alone and with people. Evaluate what you need. Are you spending 24/7 around people? Make some alone time. Do you not really like to be with people? Choose something to do that is appealing to you and do it with a friend. We were made for community! If you think you’ve got a good balance, maybe switch off ever so often.
    Serve in your church, school, or community! I know some of these things really sound like work and not rest, but they can be great opportunities to get your mind off of stress.
    Figure out how you best express yourself and make time to do it on a regular basis. For me, its writing. Some people like to paint or sing or play an instrument. Some people like to exercise. When you find that thing, it can become a resting place in it of itself. But when you feel like you have to do it, don’t. Then it will be adding on stress not taking it away.

    I hope that something in this comment was helpful!

  • KatelynS

    Sometimes I use the time I would normally spend on my phone and use it to sit in my room and listen to music, adventures in odyssey or have extra reading time…

  • Elise NS

    I tend to read or listen to music or Adventures in Odessey. i also like to sit down at the piano and just play around.

  • I enjoy listening to music. Playing piano (usually really loudly). Writing. Catching up on the blogs I follow. Reading my Bible. Going for a walk. Drawing. And sometimes, it really does a person good to just sit… and really do nothing. Or pray, with as few distractions as possible.

    • HeartSeed

      I smash (I mean play) the piano too. How about some collaboration or something? With all other musicians in here?

  • Olivia W.

    Showers. I love a hot shower (or cold if it’s summer). And it’s already something I have to do… so why not relax while I’m at it? Sorry, that just sounds weird XD

    • agreed! My guilty pleasure is buying lots of lotion and shower gel from Bath and Body Works for a little extra pampering :)

  • Okie Gal

    Whenever somebody else is drivinv you could always sneak a nap in the car. On a completely different note, friends are the best and any time you can hang out its just, so, refreshing I guess.

    I wish I would’ve thought of this stuff all at once so there wouldn’t be so many of my comments, sorry.

  • Anna Moss

    I love to go for a walk in the late afternoon. It helps me to slow down and think about things. I realized recently that I’ve been using busyness as a way to keep from thinking through hard (and sometimes painful) things. Going for a walk gives me time to think and pray.

  • KenandCindy Morris

    I like to do some stretches while I pray or read the Bible, or just listen to some soft music while I have journal time.And,yes, I like to take a relaxing shower too 😉 Also, remember to spend time with God, pray,and read your Bible.The more you spend time with Him,the more your relationship with God becomes stronger.Also,you gain strength from being in His presence.Exodus 20:8-10 says this,”And He said,”My presence shall go with you,and I will give you rest.”

  • fighterace1

    Sometimes it’s just good to sit down, shut your eyes, and think about God. If you are able to, lie down. That always helps me because of how stressful life is for me.

  • I love to read fiction, and it’s still constructive because as a writer, I need to be reading the genres I want to write!

  • I generally try to bask in the presence and fellowship of God when I’m feeling particularly pulled in too many directions. This is accomplished either through listening to really good worship music, playing and/or singing praises to God, reading the Bible or commentaries, or just being still before the Lord.

    Great question, by the way! In our hectic paced world and culture, it’s hard to remember that we all need to REST. A sermon series that’s really spoken to my heart about this topic was delivered by James McDonald and focuses on Psalms 23. You can check it out at https://store.jamesmacdonald.com/p-1091-psalm-23-abundant-living-here-and-now.aspx.

    Hope this helps!

  • Daniel Snapp

    Try fishing. It is calm and peaceful and you can read your bible while fishing.

  • Michael

    You could simply sit on your bed quietly and read the Bible.

  • HeartSeed

    When my mind’s a mess, I take a walk.
    Around sunset is my favorite time. The view near power lines are surprisingly good.
    Otherwise, eating and sleeping haha… don’t forget spending time with God too (my application of I Kings 19:1-9 hehe).

  • Hm. Rest. It sometimes seems to be this thing that can be obtained but is far above our reach.

    If you want to find rest, then it’s something you have to actually make time to do. Funny, huh?

    I often find myself a little distracted using the computer or listening to music and I know I should be spending a little more time resting and spending time with the Lord. So my advice to you is to make time to rest and potentially set some things aside. Take a fast, if necessary.

    I went to a camp a couple months ago and it was nice to get away from everything and just relax and not worry about random things. It really pays off to rest. It’s something I need to do, I realize.

    Hope that helps!


    Hey guys do you think adversity facilitates or hinders personal growth?

    Can you give me some good reasons?

    • Isabel Bettencourt

      Hmm, good one. Adversity can do both, it really depends on how you face it. For instance, a person who takes adversity and focuses on overcoming it, they often find that they grow personally. However, a person who gives up in the face of adversity takes the easier path, but doesn’t learn anything that they might have if they had taken a chance.

    • This is a good question. I believe it can do both, depending on your response and mindset towards it. For example, if all you see when you think about adversity is pain, anger, and hopelessness chances are, when adversity comes, your own mindset will prohibit you from experiencing any real growth; simply because you refuse to think about it in a different light–one of hope, change, and opportunity for growth.
      It all just boils down to your perspective and your mindset.

  • Well, one of the big ways I rest is by playing music. Sometimes playing music isn’t very restful, but it is still very soothing. If you don’t do any musical instruments, then listen to it. Listening to music is also very resting. Also, though this sounds weird, sometimes the only way I am able to rest during the day is doing homework. I know, super weird. But for me doing homework that I like, for example math or science, it quiets down my brain and I don’t have to think about life at all. Hope this helps.

    • Jason_ComicWriter

      I also find that doing work you actually enjoy helps in relaxing compared to typical, everyday bland homework teachers assigned, and that music helps soother the brain (I do this by playing a cajon to accompanying music, usually worship songs). I could connect to this, despite its length, great job!

  • Joseph

    For me I find rest in things I like to enjoy, not necessarily physical rest but it’s mental rest which give me body a feeling of relaxation. There are two things I like to do when I’m stressed and fatigued, the first is to get out onto a basketball court and just shoot some hoops. No hard training or anything, I just but on my ear buds and listen to some music while I shoot some free throws and jump shots casually and dribble around. The second would be writing songs to get my mind off things or just closing my eyes and thinking or praying, usually with music playing quietly, rest for me isn’t just laying down it can be more than that. Rest is doing something I enjoy but in a casual way, and I find that when I finish my time on that activity I am full of energy and ready to go. Hope this helps :)

  • Jason_ComicWriter

    For a while, my definition of rest was to play video games, specifically various computer and iPad games. However, as a result of that, my eyesight began to deteriorate, causing the need for me to wear glasses and now night contacts, which are a pain for me to get on and off every night. I also tend to pursue this longing in times that I shouldn’t, like in the middle of schoolwork. However, when I saw some of my classmates one day, crowded around each other playing the popular game Clash Royale, I suddenly realized how games intruded into so many teenager lives, swallowing their potential. I did not want this to happen to me, so I decided to try and fill that time with something else. It was hard to choose, but I decided to pursue my other favorite hobbies: comic writing and modern history. Using this, I decided to create an informative, fun comic about WWII, showing a teacher trying to teach a class of high schoolers all of WWII in a fun way. It worked well for me, as I enjoyed it and was able to work on it due to the vast amount of time freed up. In order to keep this from intruding with my schoolwork, I always put my homework as a higher priority than this project. My advice would be this: follow your passions and motives to relax and have fun, but don’t let it take over other important parts of your life, like school!

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