One of my earliest school memories was my preschool teacher complaining to my mother that I would not take a nap. All this poor woman wanted was one hour of escape from 4 year old screams and cries – but I wouldn’t give it to her. I would lie on my mat and talk, or sing, or sneak a book to read. Why would I waste an hour of my day sleeping when there were so many more fun things to do?
Fast forward 30 some odd years, throw in a chronic illness and a hectic job and you have yourself a woman craving just 15 minutes where she could lay her head on her desk.
Unfortunately, my job does make it difficult to take a catnap midday. There is always someone calling, coming to the door or a tour out that needs some help. However, I could feel my health suffering because of my fatigue. I needed to find at least 20 minutes to carve out of my day to just unplug.
So yesterday, I did it! My first midday nap while at work! I know it seems simple, but it really did make all the difference. I locked the door, put a sign out that said “Will return in 15 minutes”, turned off the ringer on the phone and let my guides know to call my cell if there was an emergency. Then I stretched out on a cot in the back and closed my eyes for 15 blissful minutes. I was helped out by a handy-dandy app on my phone called Power Nap with Andrew Johnson. He is a hypnotist with a soothing Scottish accent that had me relaxed instantly and let me feel refreshed and energetic the rest of the day (good thing, since my day went to 8 pm!)
This was a “Thing I’ve Never Done” that is sure to turn into a “Thing I’ll Want to Do Everyday” for sure! Maybe a move to Spain where the whole city shuts down mid-day is in the cards for me…