What was your reaction when you read the title of this post? Was it an overwhelmed, “No way I can find the time to nap with my crazy schedule”? Was it an ironic, “Sure. My boss will love that”? Or a defeated, “I don’t have enough hours in the day as it is to get everything done, so forget about napping”? If I may, for all those reasons (and more) I’m going to suggest you consider napping anyway.
As a long-time napper myself, I can tell you it hasn’t kept me from getting stuff done, growing and expanding. In fact for me napping in the middle of the day is a must if I want to remain productive and sane.
Now it’s true we don’t live in a society that encourages napping in the middle of the day. But nor do we live in a society that encourages healthy eating, following our heart in business to generate financial abundance or pondering life’s deeper meaning. Does that mean we shouldn’t do any of that? And rather bow to society’s expectations? “Work hard, play hard,” anybody? It sure hasn’t worked too well for us as a country, looking at our collective state of health compared to other wealthy nations.
But since you got curious about napping I’m going to presume you are part of a sub-culture of deliberate creators striving to live life on your own terms, independently from the dictates of society.
Enter the practice of napping.
Think of it as a (very) quiet rebellion against the system. Today in the United States, it sure is.
Seemingly innocuous, napping is a potentially positively disruptive practice. And it can help you more that you ever thought in creating a business and life you love, while enjoying the ride.
From Provence to New York City — My Experience With Napping:
Coming from a family of farmers (in the south of France), napping has always been part of my life. As a kid my parents would wake up at 5 a.m. and work until sunset. When you have that kind of schedule, napping is a necessity. All the years I lived at home, I naturally followed their rhythm, almost always lying down after lunch for a little siesta. When I moved to NYC in my late teens, I didn’t stop napping. My intense training as a dancer demanded it.
Nowadays, my work as a health coach, yoga teacher and massage therapist often has me seeing clients at 8 a.m., sometimes earlier, as well as at 8 p.m., sometimes later. How am I to keep my energy strong from start to finish? By napping, of course. But even if I don’t have a long day, I still nap! I relish that “me time” too much.
More than anything else, napping helps me keep everything in perspective (work, health, love, finances). And as far as I’m concerned, the best stress-relief tool is just that, perspective. It can be found through meditation, laughter and you guessed it, sleep.
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SOURCE: The Huffington Post