You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)

Girl, do you know what a powerhouse brain God gave you?

Women have long had a reputation for being talented multitaskers, but recent studies offer some scientific evidence to support this belief. Take an MRI of the female brain. and you’ll see a high level of activity between left and right hemispheres, more than the male counterpart.This is what gives us the ability to successfully perform multiple tasks at one time. Clearly, God designed us with this innate skill on purpose, because He knew we would use it—especially as caretakers.

The problem is if we’re not careful to manage ourselves, we can let our brain (the part still in the process of being renewed) run the show. We become overcommitted and overworked—not a recipe for good mental health! So here are three tips you can put in practice to rein in a busy brain:

  1. Set priorities. When Jesus told Martha that “one thing is needed,” He was reminding her that there are a lot of good things but that there’s only one best thing (Luke 10:42). If a fear of missing out is keeping your schedule packed, time to sit down with the Holy Spirit and reconsider your main priorities.
  2. Be still. Busy activity doesn’t always lead to productivity. God instructs us in Psalm 46:10 to “Be still, and know.” We do this not only because it’s healing for our spirits, but research is also showing it’s beneficial to our physical bodies. The act of intentional focus taps into our brain’s neuroplasticity, which is its ability to renew and rewire itself, leading to healthy levels of empathy and self-awareness.
  3. Make space. Romans 12:1 tells us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit—all that we do, from trips to the grocery store to prayer, is an act of worship. By choosing to make worship a lifestyle, instead of an event, we can still live productively while nurturing an awareness of God’s presence with us. This makes space for the Holy Spirit to move in us and through us even in the midst our normal, everyday lives.

So, ready for a challenge? Take a look at the tips above and pick one you can start implementing today. As you make small but consistent changes to your brain and thinking habits, we pray you’ll reap the benefits of a balanced and peace-filled mental life.