Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1
Rest. We need approximately eight hours of sleep (each night, I have a feeling many of you might really be stretching it) for our bodies to restore our hearts and blood vessels. Sleep lets the brain work better and is vital for our mental health as well. Issues such as anxiety and depression lessen with proper rest.
We are a society that gives props to the person that stays awake longer, spends time working more, or puts their well-being on the back burner. We must change this mentality! If you have ever flown on an airplane, you know that if there’s an emergency, the first person you put the mask on is yourself! If you are not getting oxygen then you will be useless to anyone else that you want to care for. The same goes for rest.
It isn’t always easy to find time to replenish ourselves. However, it is necessary. We each have the same 24 hours in a day and budgeting the time for rest might take practice. Taking quiet time to rest, reflect, replenish, and spend time with God might seem selfish at first but the benefits for your health and being present for the people you love will be worth it. If you’ve ever been among a crowd, overstimulated, and can’t hear a thing – you might have wanted to put your finger to your lips and “shhh” the room so you can calm down and listen. That’s why God needs you to rest – so you can be at peace and listen to what He needs you to hear. ~trvw
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My name is Trina VerSteeg Wilcox. I have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University. After working as an applications analyst I made the decision to dedicate more time to writing, developing my creative interests, catching up on new media, and becoming an on-air radio host/personality. I have been certified as a fitness professional through FiTour and the Arthritis Foundation, taught aerobics and created the JRA 5K charity race. I have run in the infamous Boston Marathon two times. My other interests include nature, animals, art, fitness, and too many others to list. I hope to use my life to encourage and inspire other lives.
The enthusiastic responses to my contributions in the Iron Girl newsletters and the articles on my fitness site, PhysMat.com, inspired my passion for writing, creating, communicating, and even running. I reference my childhood diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as my “twisted gift”. It has forced me to persevere and overcome challenges that I may have otherwise never faced, making motivation a priority in much of my work.
I am based in the Springfield, Missouri, area.