Best way to spend a 3 month leave of absence?

I am a Pastor experiencing burnout, but I have asked for a 3 month Leave of Absence before I completely fell apart. I know I need to do a fair amount of "nothing" for several weeks, but what advice would you give for how best to use this 3 months for rest but also for transformation in my thinking and approach to ministry? My main problem seems to come from perfectionism and feeling unsuccessful. I'm also not good at management - often not knowing how to effectively delegate.

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Suggestions from a brother pastor on your sabbatical
by: Kelly

Dear friend:
I think the sabbatical is a powerful step in the right direction. Here are a few suggestions that might help you get back on top of your life and calling.
-Rest, but resist the urge to do “nothing.” Maintain a schedule even while resting and relaxing. Continue to get up early; avoid sleeping all day, which will only make you feel worse.
-Read the books you have always wanted to read, but did not have time for.
-Exercise. I have no way of knowing your age or the condition of your health, but exercise is a wonderful anti-depressant. I am in my early 50’s and exercise has changed my life. I am in the best health of my life thanks to working out 5 to 6 times a week. I was also able to come off the anti-depressants I used to take. Exercise, combined with a proper diet, are essential to sound spiritual and mental health.
-Stay in the Word. Do not neglect prayer and Bible reading just because you are on sabbatical. Read the Scriptures daily with no other intention other than letting the Lord speak to you.
-Travel, walk in the park, sit by the ocean, and spend time with your wife and family. Give yourself permission to stop pondering the stresses of ministry.
-One more suggestion: Two years ago, I took on a 40-day challenge in which I arose at 4:00 AM for 40 days for the sole purpose of prayer and meditation on the Scriptures. This experience, like taking on a strict exercise routine, radically changed my life for the better.
Best wishes my brother.

Listening to Your Own Heart and SOUL
by: Anonymous

Get rid of the words from your vocabulary: productive and perfect. The reason that you need a 3 month sabbatical is because you are burned out, right? You have erroneously subjected yourself to the false belief and or teaching of 'productivity' which keeps you a slave to your congregation. Where is it written you must be a robot? You must produce, produce, produce? Are you not a man? Are you not a human being? why do you allow yourself to be treated like this? Are you a worker bee? A drone? None of the above? Neither am I. I am a human being. I couldn't even hear my own heart beat I was so burned out. I went to the sea shore. I went to parks. I walked along the beach. I got in tune with my own heart. My own soul. It is unlikely after this 3 months you will be able to tolerate being a drone in this system. Like me, you would be better off flipping hamburgers in some road side diner for minimum wage than to ever subject yourself to such slavery and disrespect again. peace.

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