By Dr. James A. Perkins
We all know how easy it can be to become weary during the day or night. And when weariness emerges, our reactions to others may sometimes be negative. Being worn-out opens the door of irritation, agitation, and even frustration that might turn to anger. So to counter the tendency to go south with others who frustrate us, consider these 3 Ways to Stay Cheerful, Even When You’re Tired.
1. Be Aware of Your Tendency – Since when you get tired you tend to react in wrong ways towards others, correct your problem. You should develop the habit of reminding yourself everyday about how tiredness hurts your witness. Keep before you that getting irritable must not be your option any longer. And seek to replace negative reactions with cheerful responses. Listen to, of all people, Dr. Seuss who really gives wise advise here. He said, “Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act.”
So before weariness comes along, and you do something you later regret, determine to step with care and great tact. In advance, make it your aim to maintain a cheerful attitude, even when feeling tired. Cheerfulness is more than an emotion. We can learn to be more cheerful by an act of our will, not by depending on our feelings.
2. Find an Accountability Partner – Another idea that serves you well in keeping cheerful when tired is to ask a friend to hold you accountable. Find someone and explain to them how you want their support about overcoming being so sour when tired. Give them permission to correct you every time you fall. And when you do behave right, ask them to be your cheerleader, uplifting you as you stay cheerful even though physically tired.
3. Pray and Trust God – Now nothing can improve our lives more than depending on God in prayer and trusting Him to empower us. So in growing to be more cheerful, do this: Memorize and daily pray the words found in a simple Christian song. Sing this: “He has made me glad! He has made me glad! I will rejoice for he has made me glad.” And remember the “He” is Jesus!
Now turn away from your wrong tendencies in tiredness, and chose to trust God by faith to keep you cheerful, even when weary. And believe He can do it!