Do You Suffer from Spiritual Fatigue? How to Recover in 1 Day or Less

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Recover from spiritual fatigue

By Mary Jaksch

Do you sometimes feel droopy, exhausted, dry, joyless, irritated or anxious? Is life sometimes on fast-forward, and you can’t catch up? Are you sometimes too tired to be inspired, motivated, or uplifted?

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You may be suffering from spiritual fatigue.

It means that your soul is exhausted, not just your body.  Spiritual fatigue is a sign that we have become separated from ourselves somewhere along the way and need to reconnect. Luckily, you don’t need an expensive holiday on a tropical island in order to recover. If you follow the steps below, you will notice a definite improvement after even just one day.
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There is a simple way to replenish our spiritual energy: through stillness.

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Stillness is a beautiful word. It conjures up images of a relaxed body, a peaceful mind, and silence. In the busy world of today, stillness tends to get lost. However, there are simple ways to include stillness in our life. Even just one day with some stillness goes a long way to help you recover from spiritual fatigue.
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To recover from spiritual fatigue is isn’t difficult. All you have to do, is to follow the seven (and-a- half) tips below

1. Rest the body.

When we suffer from fatigue, we feel as if we could sleep for a whole week. But when we go to bed, we often toss and turn and can’t get the sleep we so desperately need. In my experience, it isn’t sleep we need, it’s rest. We need to rest our body, and rest our mind.
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In order to feel rested, power naps are more useful than long sleeps. I use a sleep hypnosis tape in order to relax and nap.

  • Lie down and cover yourself to stay warm
  • Set your alarm so that you wake up after not more than 30 minutes
  • Listen to a relaxation audio. There is a good sleep hypnosis recording, created by Jon Rhodes.

2. Find the mind of peace.

When the mind is at rest, we feel peaceful. But this is sometimes difficult  to achieve in a stressful life. There are so many things that disturb the mind. To find stillness is to be like a rock in the midst of a turbulent stream: we remain steady even when everything around us is turbulent. Here are three simple things you can do to quieten your mind.
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  • Spend a day without reading newspapers or watching the news on TV or reading about it on the Internet.
  • Spend a day interacting as little as possible with people who make you feel agitated.
  • Use the Three Breaths Meditation at least 3 times a day in order to calm your mind. The Three Breath Meditation only takes about one minute. It consists of paying tender regard to three complete breaths (watch the short video below on how to do it).

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3. Let silence heal you.

Noise is a stress factor. If you live in a big city, you are constantly bombarded with noise. We also add to the constant assault of sounds through listening to the radio or TV, playing music, and so on. Silence can heal because it brings us to our center. Here are some simple ways you can invite silence into your day in order to recover:

  • Eliminate background music
  • Go on a TV diet and turn it off for a complete day.
  • Only speak when you really want to communicate. Otherwise be silent. Try to use a smile instead of words.

4. Have a laugh with friends.

Laughter is a great way to let go of tension. And good friends have a way of putting things back into perspective. Ring up a friend, or connect with them on the Internet.

5. Reconnect with nature.

Going for a walk in nature is a wonderful way to connect with ourselves and with the world around us. There are some important points to remember: keep your head up, and let go of anxious thoughts. You can find  tips on how to use walking as a spiritual practice here.

6. Use your comfort rituals.

Each one of us has some private comfort rituals. Maybe you enjoy drinking a cup of tea first thing in the morning, or doing a stretch at the open window, eating something you particularly enjoy, or tucking up in bed and reading a novel. Whatever your comfort rituals are, make sure that you take the time to do them. All to often we forget to take our small pleasures because they seem ‘unimportant’. But actually, they are a way to show kindness to ourselves.

7. Use touch for wholeness

To feel the hands of another on our skin is a basic human need. Babies fail to thrive – or even die – if they are deprived of human touch. In order to recover from spiritual fatigue, it is good to feel the gentle touch of a hand, or a warm, friendly hug. Ask your loved one for a soft embrace, hug a friend, or arrange a massage. It will refresh and relax you.
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As you can see the seven things we need to attend to in order to recover from spiritual fatigue are simple. If we allow the body to rest, the mind to quieten, and let silence be the balm that heals us – we recover quickly. And then there is tip number seven-and-a-half:
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Enjoy stolen moments
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In each day you can find stolen moments. Maybe you get stuck in a traffic jam, or you need to wait at the dentist. Instead of fuming at the wait, close your eyes and enjoy this little gift that life has offered you. These are perfect times to do the Three Breath Meditation, or even have a tiny nap. (I tried the ‘stolen moment’ technique at the dentist today. It worked in the waiting room, but I must admit that once the drill got going, I started to hyperventilate…)
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What is your experience of spiritual fatigue? What helps you to recover?

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  1. Faramarz says:

    Another thing that you must do is TURN OFF THE INTERNET especially stuff like email, which can be so draining. Also take any phone’s etc and put them in the back of your cupboard for the day
    .-= Faramarz ´s last blog ..Hyperventilation and Successful Breathing =-.

  2. The 3 breaths is surprisingly effective. I like a lot of breathing focused meditation, but I forget how effective just 3 breaths can be.
    .-= Justin- AlittleBetter.net´s last blog ..10 Tips for Chasing After Wisdom =-.

  3. Nice tips! This was a different “twist” from a physical fatigue to spiritual fatigue. Sometimes, it’s not only the body that needs rest, but the mind as well.

    I think breaking away from the turbulences of life and developing inner peace through techniques such as meditation (and the breathing techniques you provided) can really help all of us recover from having this type of occasional spiritual fatigue.
    .-= Tristan Lee´s last blog ..Important Reasons Why You Should Cut Your Time =-.

  4. Mary, so glad you brought up stolen moments. I often seize any occasion when I can comfort my soul. A short walk to an ATM machine or a lull between phone calls are great opportunities to seize a little spiritual healing.
    .-= Belinda Munoz´s last blog ..ALL CLEAR: FeedMedic Alert for thehalfwaypoint =-.

  5. Karlil says:

    Nice tips Mary. For me, nothing beats going on a holiday. But of course, a 1 day holiday is never enough.
    .-= Karlil´s last blog ..How To Be Interesting =-.

  6. @ Faramarz
    Too right! Going offline is definitely important. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. @Justin- AlittleBetter.net
    It’s really surprising how short meditations can go really deep. It’s like we cut through all our distractions, just for a moment.

  8. It’s funny because often to relieve physical stress, I stop and do 12-20 pullups on a bar I have mounted on my doorway.

    Afterwards, I’m breathing heavy and am forced to slow down and catch my breath. I usually bask in the feeling of slowly waking up again after the quick burst of activity.
    .-= Pete | The Tango Notebook´s last blog ..Monthly Tango Contest – Win Free Tango Lessons! =-.

  9. @Tristan Lee
    I always try out my own tips. A couple of days I felt really depleted – which is unusual for me. I followed my suggestions and perked up. Suddenly my energy has come back, I’m creative and motivated. Phew…what a relief!

  10. @ Belinda Munoz
    You said, “A short walk to an ATM machine or a lull between phone calls are great opportunities to seize a little spiritual healing.”
    It’s amazing how many such moments there are – if look for them.

    It’s so easy to fill those moments with thoughts of anxiety or frustration, instead of enjoying these little treasures.

  11. @Karlil
    Yes – holidays…Although it depends on the kind of holiday. A few days on the beach is fine for me. Then I start missing my creativity. These days I’m trying to organize my life so that I feel fresh and energetic without hanging out for holidays.

  12. I love this post, Mary. Thank you! Letting ourselves be still is the true medicine for replenishment.
    .-= Gail @ A Flourishing Life´s last blog ..Befriending Fear (Audio) =-.

  13. LPC says:

    This is a wonderful post. I will start with the 3 breath meditation. Today. In a few minutes.
    .-= LPC´s last blog ..Style, Or, Alternatively, The Roman Empire. =-.

  14. Mary this is a fantastic post and one I really need right now! I’m a bit of a stresshead and have been looking at ways of bringing more calm into my life.

    What I love about these tips is their simplicity and how easy they are to implement. I’ll be adding them into my day to help increase calm. Oh, and ironically, I’m also going on an island holiday in a couple of weeks too!

    Thanks Mary, a really helpful post.
    .-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s last blog ..7 Ways to Destroy Procrastination =-.

  15. I love it. Just came back from a 50 minute massage myself today. Taking time for yourself and nourishing your soul through silence and centering yourself is so essential.

    Great tips.
    .-= Patrick @ unwrapyourmind.com´s last blog ..Shut Down Your Minds Chatter Through Superhero Power =-.

  16. Nature works wonders for me when my spirit is depleted. This morning I took a walk and took pictures of the sunlight streaming through a fountain and it felt like a mini vacation Ahh! Thanks for the post!
    .-= Sheila McCann´s last blog ..Fishegg # 47 =-.

  17. Ted Grace says:

    Thanks for that great post. It is so important to refresh our connection and the best way is by experiencing stillness.
    .-= Ted Grace´s last blog ..Grace and Stillness =-.

  18. Amelia says:

    Hi Mary, this post was very timely for me, and yesterday I did a lot of comforting of the soul. I got out some music which inspired me, turned it up full volume and sang my heart away, completely immersed in the moment. Its something I have not done in years and it was very therapeutic. Then I got some exercise, ate some dinner and curled up in bed early with the electric blanket and a candle going. I think for deep-rooted spiritual fatigue you really have to completely disconnect from the outside world, indulge yourself, and allow yourself to *enjoy* it. At the end of the night as I was drifting off to sleep I felt very serene and still. Thanks again for the great post Mary 🙂

  19. Di B says:

    Spiritual fatigue is something I’ve not been able to get a handle on – what does it really mean? Your words Mary that it “…is a sign that we have become separated from ourselves” makes so much sense.

    I notice that when I am totally washed out and I take steps to slow myself down – for me this is lowering stimulation esp noise, the computer and then perhaps burying myself in an easy read book – I once more am able to connect with my everyday life. Its such a relief. I want once more to connect with friends, with nature and with myself, what I actually want and what I enjoy. Connection eh? so thats what defines spiritual fatigue.

  20. Great tips, Mary! I take a break from the news every day. 🙂

    I’m a big fan of relaxing audio. I listen to it almost daily and helps a great deal to clear my mind.
    .-= Vin – NaturalBias´s last blog ..The Power of Less: Healthy Habits Made Simple =-.

  21. […] fabulous article on stillness was discovered at Goodlife Zen and raises some very good points – happy […]

  22. hey mary!!

    awwwwsome post.

    the first bit got me chuckling, read a lil like a “spirituality informercial” 😛

    could just picture it, mascot et al 😛

    really agree with you though.

    i think that your spiritual health is a reflection of where your life is at large. and not matter how much eckhart tolle you read, if you aren’t healthy and well-rested, you’ll have an overarching sense of un-ease permeating your being.

    really great article all-round.

    stumbled!

    keep well mary
    alex – unleash reality

  23. Great post Mary and some timely advice.

    I got rid of my TV a couple of years ago and it is one of hte best thigns I ever did! I have also cut down on online news.

    To recharge, I am away on a 3 day retreat from Friday and I plan to completely switch off from the world in a very tranquil place near Oxford in Ebgland:-)
    .-= Arvind Devalia´s last blog ..10 Secrets for Making People Like You! =-.

  24. Marie says:

    Hi, Mary –

    Ya’ know, one of my favorite kindnesses is to curl up under my flannel sheets and heavy comforters and really pay attention to the texture of the material against my skin — especially now that the weather is turning colder. The experience allows me to feel warm and safe.

    Thanks for a great post!

    – Marie (Coming Out of the Trees)
    .-= Marie´s last blog ..June 19, 2009 (am) =-.

  25. Patrice says:

    I like your idea about ‘stolen moments”. Instead of getting bored of waiting for an appointment, why not take it as take time to relax and meditate for a moment. Close my eyes and Thank God for all his goodness.
    .-= Patrice´s last blog ..Exercises to Shape Up Your Self Esteem =-.

  26. Absolutely beautiful ways to regain spiritual energy, Mary. Another, for me, is practicing a form of meditation I call “healing of God.” I breathe in that healing with each inhale, and on each exhale, I allow it to spread throughout my entire being.

    Karen
    .-= Karen Chaffee´s last blog ..The Zen Bathroom As A Sanctuary =-.

  27. Josh says:

    I’ve just read this post after returning from a solitary retreat in the forest. Your points sum up and nicely articulate what I was trying to do each day. Connecting with nature is hugely important because we often forget that we ARE nature! Not something separate. Growing a little vegetable garden or doing some weeding is an excellent way to do this. A scientific study came out a couple of years back that found soil contains a type of bacteria that enters the body under the finger nails and somehow stimulates the serotonin or happy gland. So leave the gloves off and get into the garden! Thanks Mary.
    .-= Josh´s last blog ..Sadhanic Living =-.

  28. Great article. I guess everyone could use a little rest and relaxation.

  29. Great article with exceptional suggestions. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Nea | Self Improvement Saga´s last blog ..Love and Relationship Quotes =-.

  30. Spiritual says:

    It is better we give time a moment to this self for fills substantial spirit, because already to fulfilled well our physical/body everyday. So now moment it mind’s turn and heart whom we fulfill, if really we still to felt human. I am sure if we still can to a moment give time so that we can wiseer and piety in life this.

  31. mary fraser says:

    Mary has such a calm and reassuring voice. I enjoyed listening to her even though I always feel so rushed, I calmed down and heard her and I was able to breathe..even though it hurt..like after you have been swimming so much and it hurts to breath deeply. But she was so kind in her direction that I was able to just “observe the thought” of how it hurts to breathe and so I could try this. I like her.

  32. I am so happy spring is here again because I want to go up to the mountains (near where I live) and enjoy the nature I haven’t taken advantage of for too long. It will be refreshing to leave the computer behind (ironic as I’m the computer now ;)) and enjoy the outdoors.

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