There is a fine little piece in Leadership Journal (print edition) this quarter (Spring 2007) entitled "Rejuvenate" (13 ways to refresh your soul). I don’t think it is available online yet. The author is Skye Jethani who is the editor of Out of Ur, Leadership Journal‘s very fine blog.
Take a walk. He notes that a long walk can quiet the soul.
Pray the daily offices. "In the early centuries, Christians gathered at designated times during the day for prayer. These prayer times, known as ‘offices,’ are still practiced by believers today. With the aid of a prayer book, you can pray alone knowing that others across the globe are sharing in your prayers at the same time." (p. 32)
Say no. Learning to say "no" can give the soul rejuvenation.
Make a "non-utilitarian" friend. (I really like this one!) Make a friend who you appreciate just as a friend and for no other useful purpose.
Fast from media, even ministry books. (The amount of books, articles, websites, and blogs is absolutely staggering!)
Exercise. (It is interesting the view of the body that so many of us seem to have. So many of us treat our minds/souls with such care. Then we just trash our bodies. Yet, the same God is creator of the whole person.)
Laugh. Jethani notes that many subscribers to Leadership Journal say that the cartoons are their favorite.
Take a pilgrimage. He quotes Tony Jones as saying that "…pilgrimages are an outward expression of an inward journey."
Find a spiritual director. This is someone who can give you a "…God’s-eye view of your soul."
Meditate on the Lord’s Prayer. Jethani says, "The goal is to focus your mind on God so you can commune with him more intimately. Many short passages of Scripture are used for this kind of prayer, but one of the most common is the Lord’s Prayer."
Begin a hobby. (Ouch! He got me. I used to play golf and fish. I stopped doing these when the kids were little and took a great deal of time. Then my "hobby" became sports-watching. Yet, there is something to be said for actually doing something.)
Write an encouraging letter. He encourages all to write letters expressing gratitude and appreciation.
Break something. He tells the story of how one minister released the tension.