Faith is a big part of my recovery. It is a big part of how I manage my mental illnesses. I don’t talk about it on here as often as I probably should, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. However, the fact is that whether you are a person of faith or not, there is utilitarian value in the lessons of the Bible, even if you don’t draw any spiritual value from those words. And one of those valuable lessons is treating Sunday as a day of rest.
Because of my anxiety and depression, I spend a lot of time worrying what other people think of me. Along those same lines, I spend a lot of time trying to please other people, saying yes to things that I might not want to do or that might be overtaxing for my mental illness. I need a day of rest from time to time. And although it doesn’t have to be Sunday, Sunday seems like a perfect day for it because it allows me to recharge my batteries before battling my way through another week.
Some might call this lazy. It might seem lazy to them, just sitting around and not doing something more productive. Yet, while fighting though a depressive or anxious episode, or any other moment of struggle for that matter, it is always important to take care of yourself first and foremost. After all, you can’t please others if you can’t first take care of yourself. And when you try to take on tasks that you simply don’t have the energy for, you’re only doing yourself a disservice.
So don’t be embarrassed if you occasionally need to take a day of rest. Don’t listen to those who would call you lazy, because you know that you aren’t lazy. You are recovering from battling demons that only you can see.
And if you need me, I’ll be spending the rest of the day resting and recovering.