The past few days I have done something that in the past I would have felt tremendously guilty about….I have taken naps!!! My husband and I had a deal when my job ended. We had deal that I would work the same hours that he worked, but just at home. It was not a rule he set, but actually an accountability goal that I set for myself. I had tried the trying to start a business thing before, and I wasn’t great at organizing my time. The rule worked wonderfully for me, or at least I thought it did. But lately I have just realized that I spend a lot of non-productive time in my time. Time when I will be staring at the computer screen, or having to constantly refocus myself. Then last week I kept having problems with my shoulders and arms. I think part of it has been from sitting to long. I noticed that pretty much every day I would be productive in the morning, but exhausted by afternoon. It was a fight to stay awake, but I wanted to stick to the rule.
Finally this week I gave in, and I have been napping from about 3:30 pm till sometimes as late as 6:30 pm. What I have found is that I wake up feeling rested, enjoy time with my husband, and then I have this highly productive time from about 9:00pm until 12:00pm. I am also not hurting as badly. Of course I know that this doesn’t work for everybody’s schedule, but I think the point is to really learn what works for you. I think I get into this idea of a certain way I need to lead my life, and I am just really trying to try new things and see what makes me the most productive. I loved this talk by the creator of the Huffington Post. I thought she brought up some really good points about productivity and sleep.
My body needs a lot of sleep, and I realize now that I need to honor that. I think that is such an important part of adopting an overall healthy lifestyle. I believe each time we honor our bodies, we are being Brave!!! When we are well rested, we can be more open to new ideas, make decisions better, and handle resistance more easily.
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