I have always been a firm believer in self-care. We all need to rest, re-charge and re-set. One of the hardest things to do, is to fully take time for ourselves. So how do we do it? How do we take time to rest, and reserve our energy to feel more awake and alive?
If you ever find yourself tired, overworked, or just low-energy, there are a number of small changes you can make to help remedy this. Like increasing your water intake, managing your stress levels, prioritizing your daily to-dos, but one thing that I found really helps me is the 20 minute power nap! And really, it works! (seriously!)
Yeah yeah, ok so when does anyone have time to nap? Won’t I oversleep? Isn’t that the same as chilling on the couch? Once I get my head down on a pillow, I’m done for the night… etc. These are all thoughts I had as well. And to answer them- we need to make time for ourselves, even if that means for a nap. If you train yourself, you won’t oversleep. No, it is not the same as chilling on the couch (you need to actually shut your mind off)…
The great thing is that you can slowly introduce the 20 minute nap and train yourself to use it as a “charging nap” so to speak. Imagine yourself just needing to plug in, collect more energy, and then be ready to go. Personally, I have found that setting alarms for 20 minute naps, really helped train me to get used to that time frame. After taking 20 minute naps, I always feel more energized and just overall I feel better. I have also found that in training myself, I can take naps at almost any time of day. Even if I get home at 7pm, but don’t feel energy, I use the time I would other just relaxing on the couch and re-charge with a power nap. Then, 20 minutes later, I can have a better relaxed evening, cooking dinner, or just getting things done around the house. How many nights have you come home so tired from the day that you can barely get off the couch and all of the sudden it’s 2 hours later and bedtime to only do it all over again the next day? Try a nap… it works 😉