140: The Power of a Good Night’s Rest with Laura Howe

When we’re thinking about life management strategies that help us get the most important things done so we can live peaceful and fulfilled lives, we often overlook the need for self-care.

There are times as Christians when we feel like we should put the needs of others before our own. In fact, in Philippians 2:3-4, we’re told, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.”

However, we also see Jesus take time away by Himself to rest and reflect and recharge to do what God had called Him to do.

So, how do we strike a balance between caring for ourselves and others?

My guest, Laura Howe, and I talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves so that we can live out the calling God has placed on our lives. Laura, with over 15 years of experience as a mental health and addictions clinician, loves to equip ministry leaders to care for their churches & communities without burning out.  

She is the founder of Hope Made Strong and the Church Mental Health Summit. Laura is a mental health clinician and a community development strategist for churches that want to transform their community with care ministries.

She specializes in supporting local church leaders to overcome and prevent burnout, creating effective and sustainable care ministries, and helping churches grow their community impact and influence.  

In This Episode, We Cover:

  • The need for care ministry within the church
  • How we can reframe our thoughts and accept self-care is something we all need
  • Jesus’ example of self-care
  • The value of sleep as a part of self-care
  • Physical issues that can hinder good sleep
  • Why you shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk with your doctor about sleep issues
  • 16 strategies for better sleep
  • How to use your phone to start your bedtime routine

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