Ok, I ADMIT it…
It’s true. I nap MOST days of the week.
Yes, DURING the work week!
And, it is EVEN scheduled on my calendar.
Plus, I have discovered just the perfect way for me to nap so I can get the MOST out of it… (i.e., being more alert, improved functional performance, and better cognitive memory processing).
As recently as a year ago, the opportunity to nap during the day seemed like a dream to me. (A BIG one at that!) I was VERY hard driving in all areas of my life to achieve my ‘so-called’ goals – (which ironically DID include having a more balanced, peaceful life.)
The thought of a nap seemed ABSOLUTELY unheard of, not to mention..sooo TABOO in our American culture.
However, when I was younger, visiting relatives in Sicily, they napped every SINGLE day (in the middle of the work day) after our mid-day meal. When my relatives suggested a nap to me, I thought it was pure craziness.
I, of course, fought it and went to the other extreme of doing something very active – riding my bike, playing soccer, anything to show them how wrong it was to nap.
Then, one day after an amazing meal (which happened daily in Sicily:-), I decided to indulge in a nap!
There it was..the turning point for ME! It was brilliant, enjoyable, refreshing and ohhh… so easy. (Now granted, I slept way too long to ever be productive later that day, but it didn’t matter because I was on vacation.)
From that point, I associated it with a luxury that I was ‘only’ allowed to enjoy strictly on vacation. And, it seemed so inappropriate to take that kind of break while I was working or in my ‘regular’ life. I mean ‘how dare I’?
Then, as my schedule became more flexible and knowing all the benefits of napping, I was inspired to figure out a way to integrate this positive ritual into my life as of recently.
Napping is now the hot buzz… see a recent news article below. Many of the tips in there are HOW I got started to designing my ‘perfect nap’ and working it into my daily lifestyle including:
- Keeping my nap to 20 minutes – that’s optimal for me
- Drinking espresso before I go down to avoid feeling groggy (rest assured, the caffeine won’t kick in until around the time I’ve set my alarm to wake up)
The results are JUST magical. I wake up feeling refreshed, feeling good, and ready to get back at it and really ‘in’ my life for the remainder of my day.
Plus, rather than labeling a nap as a ‘only on vacation’ experience, I’ve incorporated my nap in as a daily pleasure that lights me up and it helps to nourish my mind & body. This little mid-afternoon re-boot is now a requirement for me to live an inspired life where I have so much more happiness, energy, and balance…it’s become more than just a ‘little luxury’ that I allowed myself to indulge in once in a while.
Life is FULL of many daily pleasures that we can ADD in to support us more so in our lives…. they can refuel us, nourish us, or bring a sprinkle of joy that makes are own lives that much more fulfilling.
What ritual or experience can you add in daily that will make a big or small impact on your life now?
See “The Perfect Nap” article for more tips on adding in napping… and be sure to let me know how it goes.
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