The Key to a Long, Happy, Healthy Life

I would love to know what you are thinking I will suggest! There are myriad ways I could go with this and they would all have merit for sure. We could talk about physical things like nutrition, exercise, intermittent fasting, supplements, avoiding toxins and EMFs or we could focus on the emotional aspect like managing stress or dealing with past hurts and traumas. What about dealing with your stinkin’ thinkin’ by speaking positive confessions and creating vision boards? All great things. But not what I wanted to address today.

How much downtime do you build into your life? This is not a very popular thing today since most people wear their busy-ness and burnout as a badge of honor – proving they are accomplishing their goals. Busy-ness is an epidemic and coupled with the increased stress in our world, it is supremely destructive. Yes, it’s great to set goals and work for them. We all need to have a purpose to fulfill. But I have a different take on this.

What I believe is overlooked and underappreciated is the importance of quality sleep and also downtime. By that I mean quiet time each day when you have no agenda. You don’t have anything to “do” except sit quietly and perhaps daydream. If it sounds like a big waste of time to you, then I can assure you, you need it more than you realize.

There are two entire chapters in Today is Still the Day devoted to rest and rebooting – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You cannot get to really know and understand yourself without powering down and you can’t make truly authentic choices in all areas of your life (relationships, nutrition, beliefs) without cultivating self-knowledge. We need to build in those times of quiet and introspection to gain insight and a balanced self-image. Along with self-knowledge comes a deeper relationship with God. We are told in scripture to “be still and know I am God.” Ps. 46:10.

We spend so much time doing that I believe we forget how to just be. We are human beings after all, not human doings. In my own life I’ve found maximizing being still, just resting quietly in the presence of God helps me to return to a state of peace. From there I am able to think clearly, respond rather than react and even see the answers to problems I may have been struggling with.

I think restorative, rejuvenating sleep is being focused on more and more and that is definitely very important. Quality sleep plays a pivotal role in our overall functioning and has whole-body health benefits, including lifting your mood and emotional outlook.

However, so is just resting and rebooting. So how can you build some of this time into your life? There are so many ways. Find one that appeals to you and make it a daily habit. Commit to 10-15 minutes a day of downtime. Once you do you will not want to go a day without it.

You could just go outside and take a walk in nature.

Just sit and daydream.

Meditate. My favorite way is to use a word from my morning devotional and just mentally chew on it.

Take a nap!


Use an adult coloring book.

Are you sold? Will you commit to 30 days of building downtime into your life?

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16 Responses to The Key to a Long, Happy, Healthy Life

  1. JD Wininger says:

    Amen and Amen Ms. Ann. I loved your thoughts here ma’am. While I enjoy the “doing”, especially for others, I recognize the need to simply “Be.” It is in those moments that I am refreshed, restored, and redirected, as God sees fit. Learning to rest in Him and just “be” has been a great benefit to all aspects of my life. In fact, I have to be careful because I can get so relaxed in those moments that I don’t want them to end. 🙂 My favorite way of “being”, especially when I am more mentally/emotionally tired as I am physically exhausted is to sit or lay back and listen to Mr. Jim Hendricks play instrumental versions of the old hymns I grew up with. In those restful moments, God comes near and restores my soul. Thank you for the reminder of our need to do this (rest in Him) more often.

    • amusico says:

      Oh my friend – I hear you and I need those moments just as much. I, too, am a “doer” by nature and love helping and doing but
      we are all limited resources and at times I think I can just keep going and doing and that’s when He gently reminds me that we need our quiet time together beside the still waters so He can refresh my soul. Thank you, as always, for reading and sharing your wisdom and thoughts my friend. I appreciate you.

  2. Debbie Wilson says:

    Does listening to audio books count? When I was young I thought Sundays were boring. Now I cherish this time to be recharged.

  3. Terry L Palmer says:

    thanks so much. This ol’ papa had to learn this during my twenty plus years of direct sales, to stop and readjust a frame of mind well before the next call. I had a music tape, and a forward thinking book, along with nothing, to pull aside on a remote country road and contemplate the daisies and amen for those moments. Later on, when the grandkids came along, this ol’ papa would take them by a grubby little finger and go for a long ‘adjustment walk’. I called these walks, ‘papa talk’ 101, then 202, then 303, so they could feel they were learning and moving along. Some stern words for sure, but they also got to see a tranquil pond, to stop long enough to smell the flowers, bring home a little fist of dandelions, and the tough spots seemed to melt away, whew.

    • amusico says:

      As a grandmother I so appreciate that!! And I love that you were able to combine that wonderful resetting for yourself with
      sharing wisdom and faith with your precious grandchildren. Just beautiful!

  4. Ranjana says:

    In today’s fast paced life, it’s really important to dedicate time for self-healing. Steve Jobs took time to walk by himself whenever he was dealing with a complex problem. Our brain also needs rest to rejuvenate to keep going for a long time.
    I pray early in the morning which is meditative. It’s also a way to show gratitude and being thankful. It shifts my focus from anxiety to all the positive things in my life.

    • amusico says:

      AMEN Ranjana! I begin my day with prayer and in God’s Word and find it sets the tone. I also find myself going back to Him
      periodically throughout the day whenever I need to. Especially in this crazy world today – we need to make the time. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

  5. Holly Scherer says:

    I’m sold! And I agree. But that’s not where I thought you would go. 🙂

    This is a HUGE issue in our culture as you pointed out. And to be honest, when we both had “real” jobs, it was really hard to do. The way our standard American lives are structured, something’s gotta give. That said, it’s also a choice. For example, you and Al made sacrifices to create space and margin in your life to be able to create the family you envisioned. But I also believe, that is becoming increasingly difficult to do. I always tell Jer that I’m grateful we were born when we were because I think it would be a lot more challenging to get ahead today. This, among other things, is very concerning to me. No wonder “we’re the most in debt, obese, addicted, and medicated adult cohort in U.S. history,” as Brene Brown famously said.

    As always, a wonderful, timely, and important message.

    • amusico says:

      Oh Holly I totally agree. It is just becoming more and more difficult to take even 5 minutes to just power down and reboot. It’s
      devastating to the spirit, soul and body – that’s why God instituted the day of rest. Thank you, as always, my wonderful and wise friend for sharing your thoughts.

      • Holly Scherer says:

        Thank you for your friendship and allowing me to share.

        I stumbled upon this translation this morning and I think it’s a beautiful accompaniment to the conversation.

        “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

        Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.” — Galatians 5:22-24; The Message

      • amusico says:

        The Message is one of my favorite translations and this is a perfect accompaniment to our conversation for sure. Matthew 11:28-30 in that translation also fits beautifully: “Are you tired? Wornout? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

      • Holly Scherer says:

        That’s perfect, Ann. I go to a peaceful place just reading it.

        Happy Easter to you and yours.

      • amusico says:

        Thank you Holly!

  6. Pretty John says:

    Thank you, Ann for this comforting post during my depressed time. May God Bless You.

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