Today we’re going to discuss the detriment ministry can have on your body. Sitting at the computer for a long time can eventually cause all kinds of health problems, but there are some easy fixes that will help.
Get Out of Your Chair. Even if you regularly exercise, studies show that sitting in your chair for hours without any breaks is worse than not exercising. Those statistics show that sitting in a chair for eleven hours a day causes a 40% increase in death for any reason. It also increases cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
I hope I haven’t depressed you too much because there are a couple of easy solutions that make a vast difference in your health.
Set a timer. As detrimental as sitting for hours is, the risks are greatly decreased if you get up every hour and walk around. If you know you’ll be at the computer for a long time, set a timer on your desk. Set it to go off every hour. Whenever the timer goes off, stop what you’re doing, get up, and walk around for about five minutes.
Use a standing desk. If you really want to get intense with your health and you can manage it, buy a standing desk and stand when you’re working on the computer. If you want to try this, you might need to start slow. Try standing for an hour then sitting for an hour until you get used to it. You can build up to standing up all the time.
Keep healthy snacks around. We all get into periods of time where we don’t have time to stop and eat. The temptation is to eat unhealthy snacks to tide us over because they’re easy. But if you keep a stash of healthy snacks around, you’ll have something to munch on that won’t ruin your health or your waistline.
Deal with Stress: Anyone who says ministry is not stressful isn’t in ministry. At times, ministry can be very stressful, and that’s not good for your body. There is some stress we can eliminate through planning and avoiding volatile situations, but the rest we need to learn to deal with. Here are a few suggestions for dealing with stress you can’t avoid.
Focus on God. It sounds easy, but that doesn’t mean it is. Faith is a great stress releaser because if we know God is in charge, we won’t get stressed by as much.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Take deep breaths. If you’re in an intensely stressful situation, take deep breaths. It will help. I don’t know why, but it does.
Exercise. Studies have shown exercise releases stress. Take a walk or start an exercise program.
Take some me time. Read a novel or work on a hobby. Take a couple of hours to do something you enjoy.