Today’s mindfulness post is dedicated to napping. As children we fought the nap and often refused. As adults, we often think we are too busy to do such a thing. Last week I knew I had pushed my body beyond its limits– teaching a lot, mothering, tutoring, then staying up with a sick little one. Friday as my daughter napped I told myself I had too much to get done. Saturday was a busy day and then an evening out with my girlfriends. I told myself I would “catch up” later. Sunday, I woke up nauseated and just feeling bad. Maybe today I should nap? I really couldn’t do much else.
I got my yoga classes covered and slept on the couch for several hours. I got up and helped the kids forage for food. Then I helped Claire ease into her nap and guess what? I took another nap. Napping can be like a good yoga class. It can help the body find ease, it can clear the mind and calm the emotions.
My point is this– don’t wait until you feel bad to enjoy a good nap. With the weather in the Southeast keeping us inside, why not explore the art of napping? Find a quiet spot and sit still. Close your eyes and rest. (If you don’t have a quiet spot, nap wherever you can. I know I did.)