She suggested that we coin a new term:
resort, verb--to induce a resort-like state on an individual in need of refreshment and release, by physical force if necessaryThe resort-ing treatment is most effective if the client can be whisked away to an oasis. A resort vacation is effective because it is in a beautiful setting--mountains, beach or hideaway. It also works to de-stress those who are able to resort because they are removed from the large and small responsibilities and concerns of daily life.
Can this be done on a smaller scale? What can a well-intentioned husband or friend or mother do to help a friend in need of a little resorting?
- Kidnap her. What's her pleasure? Shopping, movies, spa treatments, coffee and girltalk? When you see a friend reaching the brink of an overload, force her to make time for a small escape with you.
- Kick her out. Most husbands know when their wives are in need of a personal retreat. If her husband is unavailable to kick her out so that she can spend a few hours on her own in her resorting activity of choice, as a friend, takeover the task. Show up at her house to babysit and send her on her way.
- Kindle her fire. Encouragement can go a long way when we're feeling overwhelmed. Send a note or a card letting her know that you have noticed her perseverance. Be specific in your compliments about her attention to certain details in her life.
- Keep it light. Make her laugh. Buy her one of your favorite comedies on DVD. Invite her over for a movie afternoon or an after-dinner late night. Call her and share amusing stories about your own recent struggles. Laughter really does relieve stress and help our troubles not to seem so overwhelming.
- Knock on God's door. Pray for her, and let her know that you are doing so. Send her an email to remind her when you have uplifted her needs. Stop and pray with her, in person or over the phone when you can tell that she is in need of being transported from her current struggles.