It’s a busy holiday weekend and I’m sure you did your fair share of work. And probably not just this weekend – I bet you stay pretty busy.
Just as small children need to take a break during the day to quiet down, so do we.
Moms need breaks too.
Many of us do work in some breaks, periodically, no, maybe sporadically. But we need to take time out more often and regularly.
One of my favorite ways to rejuvenate my mind and body is to take a nap.
Let me just say, I LOVE NAPS!!
I am a BIG fan of naps. When my kids were younger – nap age – I would lay them down for their naps and then head for my favorite lounge chair and take my 20-30 minute power nap.
Then my kids outgrew naps. What do you do then?
I instituted Quiet Time.
This was one hour, after lunch, where the kids and I would gather in the living room. We’d put on a kids Bible story audio and they would play with a quiet toy or activity while I laid down on the couch.
Yes, I would take my power nap.
The kids knew to stay in the room near me and that mom’s radar was always on and powerful.
We came to really treasure those times, and I would wake up re-energized and ready to go.
Benefits of a Power Nap
There are many benefits of a power nap. According to Web MD, taking a 15 to 20 minute power nap can hold incredible benefits. “You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.”
Napping for 20 minutes is good for alertness and motor learning skills. And the longer you nap, the more you boost your memory and enhance your creativity.
If you have a creative problem you need to solve, try taking a 60 to 90 minute nap. This will allow you to get rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which plays a key role in making new connections in the brain, allowing you to solve creative problems.
Are you able to work in a 20-minute power nap into your schedule? See what you can change around to allow you time to get re-energized and rejuvenated.
You’ll mind and body will thank you.