A little while back, I took part in a blog series called The Hour Before. A number of other worship leader bloggers and I wrote about what happens the hour before a worship service at our respective churches.
If you serve in any capacity at your church, you know that Sunday morning can be very hectic and stressful. Once Sunday is done, the feeling of satisfaction in a day of service to the God of creation is a feeling like few others.
Then Monday rolls around. And the Holy Hangover commences (I didn’t come up with that term, but it is very descriptive of what we go through on Monday).
So, what are some things that we can do to counteract the drained, spent feeling that Monday’s bring?
- NO big decisions. Monday is not the day for groundbreaking, life-altering course changes or nail-biting choices. We simply don’t fully have our wits about us after a full day of service on Sunday.
- Take time to refresh. Get in the Word. Pray. Reflect. Refuel. Recharge.
- Don’t over-analyze Sunday. Any mistakes, missteps, problems, or malfunctions should be addressed as soon as possible, but not stressed over.
- Get some “busy work” done. This tip is more for those of us in vocational ministry, as those of you out there in a volunteer capacity may not be able to do this. But if you have the option to work on paperwork, emails, data entry… anything that isn’t too taxing… Monday is the perfect day to accomplish those tasks.
- Get some sleep. I’m as guilty of this as the next person. My mind races after a day of worship and it is hard to go to bed. If necessary, go to bed early on Monday night to compensate. Just give your body the rest it needs.
- Spend time with loved ones. Sundays are busy for the entire family. It’s important to reconnect and invest some time.
What are some techniques you use to recover and refocus on Monday?