Self-Care Sanity: Idea #5 – The GIft of Rest

5-take-a-nap-Many of us have a tendency to fill our lives up to the brim. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Most of the time it leaves us stressed and really, really tired.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests adults get 7-9 hours of sleep. How much sleep are you getting?  It may be time to take this seriously.

But, what about during the day?  Is a nap a good thing? I don’t think it is if you are using it to avoid a project you’ve been putting off. When you feel overwhelmed you may tell yourself “I am so tired. I’ll just take a quick nap and then tackle this task.”  A nap just prolongs getting the task done. You may tell yourself you’re tired when really you don’t know the next step to take.

But, if you really feel a break of around 20-30 minutes for a nap would improve your mood, alertness, and productivity – go for it! I would suggest using a timer or it may turn into an all afternoon siesta!

What are you waiting for?

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