How to Break Activities You Should Avoid

There are many benefits to taking some break time for yourself. Unfortunately, it is really easy to fall into some bad habits during those breaks.

The problems with the activities we are about to talk about is not so much that they are time-wasters (which they certainly are). The problem is that they are counterproductive. You will come back from your break feeling less energetic and more stressed — the complete opposite of what you are trying to achieve. So here are a few things to avoid when you are taking a strategic mini-break:

  • Avoid eating fatty or sugary foods. This is the flip side of the tip we gave you earlier about snacking on fruits and vegetables. We all know the types of foods we are talking about: cakes, cookies, chips, and ice cream. These foods taste so good when you eat them, but they do to your body is anything but beneficial. They make you sluggish and slow. They probably will increase your cravings for high-fat foods later in the day. Stay away from these foods at all costs.

This principle applies to our lunch breaks as well. When we choose to fill our bodies with fast food that is high-fat and high-calorie, we are setting ourselves up for a less-productive, higher-stress afternoon. Our bodies have to work harder to digest all that garbage we have ingested. The extra effort our bodies use takes away from our normal energy levels. So for a productive afternoon, eat light at lunch.

  • Avoid skipping lunch altogether. It’s very tempting to skip eating and just work through lunch. Don’t do it unless you are engaged in a period of fasting. When you don’t eat, it can have a similar effect to eating the wrong things–sluggishness, lack of energy and focus, and intense hunger.

As we said in the last point, the key is to eat strategically. Eat a light lunch, with an emphasis on lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. When you choose to eat this way, two things happen. First, your body doesn’t need to work as hard to digest the food, which frees up more energy for you to concentrate on your work. Second, these types of food provide the proper fuel your body craves. When you give your body what it wants and needs, it performs better.

  • Avoid checking email and social media. We live in a world where we are connected to each other constantly, in ways that we never were before the Internet came into existence. But it is very easy to let email and social media become time-wasters. And they can not only steal your time, they can destroy your energy level also.

We have all been there: You sit down to check Facebook “just for a minute.” When you look up, two hours have passed, and you haven’t accomplished anything. Make your breaks a respite from the ever-resent draw of social media. This simple change can make a big difference in your life!

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– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from p. 79-81 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry.

Pastors Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman share their secrets to effective stress management with practical steps and insights that you can start implementing immediately! God wants you to be a fruitful, faithful minister of the gospel. He wants you, as a Renegade Pastor, to rise above average as you pursue God’s best for you, your family, and your ministry.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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