Lesson #4 Stay Alert
How to Stay Alert in Church
1. Get adequate sleep.
Late Saturday nights are Sunday mornings worst enemy. Resolve to turn in earlier. A good night’s sleep on Friday night is equally important to waking rested on Sunday, as sleep debt builds up over time.
2. Drink plenty of water, though not too much.
It is easier to remain alert when you are well hydrated. Take a small drink before worship but try not to leave during the service to go to the bathroom unless its a necessity. Leaving worship is disruptive and discourteous - not just to other worshippers, but to God.
3. Eat a high-protein breakfast.
Foods high in carbohydrates force your body to metabolize them into sugars, which can make you drowsy Try eating oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, or Red River cereal or eggs and grapefruit for a nutritious but light breakfast. If you don’t like oatmeal, ask your mom kindly not to make you eat it.
4. Focus on your posture.
Sit up straight with your feet plated firmly on the floor. Avoid slouching, as this encourages sleepiness. Good posture will promote an alert bearing and help you pay attention so you’ll get more out of worship.
5. If you have difficulty focusing on the service, divert your attention. Occupy your mind, not your hands.
Look around the worship space for visual stimuli. Keep your mind active in this way while continuing to listen.
6. Stay alert by flexing muscle groups in a pattern.
Clench toes and feet; flex calf muscles, though, buttocks, abdomen, hands, arms, chest, and shoulders. Repeat. Avoid shaking, rocking, or other movements that attract under attention.
7. If all else fails, consider pinching yourself.
Dig your nails into the fleshy part of your arm or leg or pinch yourself (**not** your pesky child of sibling). In extreme cases, bite down on your tongue with moderate pressure. Try not to draw blood or cry out.