ZEN TIP TUESDAY #24
Today I welcome Janet Camilleri to ZTT. Having met via the blogosphere, I’ve known Janet for probably close to seven (7) years now! She lives within about 30 minutes from me and we’ve met up quite a few times now over the years. Janet is a blogger and a copywriter and you can read more about her, and find links to where you can connect with her, in her Bio at the end of this post. Today Janet is sharing with us the benefits of napping! This post made me smile from the moment I read it and it kind of feels like I now have permission to have an afternoon nap without any of the guilts. Thanks Janet! 😄
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There’s a Reason that Zen starts with Z-z-z-z
I have long been fond of a nanna nap – and I’m not even a nanna yet!
Over the years I’ve been diagnosed with glandular fever, depression, severe anemia, and sleep apnea – all of which could account for my long history of needing an afternoon kip.
But nowadays there’s no excuse – and I still love them.
In fact, I’m a strong believer in the benefits of napping, and not just for pre-schoolers.
Naps make me happy. They make me calmer. They give me more patience to deal with whatever life decides to throw at me. They make me a nicer person.
I love to lie on my bed after lunch, gazing out the window at the trees. I enjoy the sensation of my soft polar fleece blanket, the scent of my clean bed linen, listen to my cat purring beside me. And before I know it my breath slows, and my eyelids grow sore and heavy. I close them and … an hour later I wake refreshed.
To me, it’s about self-care.
I came across a meme not long ago that said:
She Believed She Could
But She was Tired
… so she rested and you know what?
The world went on and it was okay.
She knew she could try again tomorrow.
~ The Minds Journal
A Nap is Not a Waste of Time!
The husbear on the other hand feels that taking a nap is a waste of time.
While I do understand where he’s coming from – when you’re busy, it can seem counter-productive to take a nap – personally, I find that I work much more efficiently after taking a rest break.
The only time the husbear slows down is when we go away. Recently we bought a motorhome (long story!) and I am loving it, mainly because it is only when we are away that I find that the husbear actually relaxes and TAKES. A. NAP.
If only I could get him to do it at home!
Clearly I was born in the wrong country. I remember some of the ports of call on our Mediterranean cruise a few years back, where everything shuts for siesta after lunch. It was a tad annoying when we were the tourists, in town for only a limited time – but other than that I’m all for it!
Some people find they can’t snooze during the day, and that’s fine. But if you’re tired, and you can, a nap can work wonders.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the word “zen” starts with “z-z-z-z” … 😜
Janet Camilleri loves writing for the web. In addition to her work as a Brisbane copywriter, she also blogs as the Middle Aged Mama, about learning to fashion a new life now that her kids are all grown up. No matter what she writes, or who she is writing for, Janet aims to amuse, inspire or inform – and sometimes, all three!
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