Practicing Renewal

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Do you take daytime naps? I haven’t napped regularly since I was four, but during the Lent season, I began paying closer attention to my body’s stress signals. Around 2pm every day, I approach the “afternoon slump”. So, instead of brewing another pot of coffee, I forced myself to lie down for 30 minutes. At first, I couldn’t seem to slow my brain down enough to actually sleep. I kept thinking about the wasted time where I could be checking emails or organizing… well, surely there must be something that needs organizing. At first it took some discipline, but now, I look forward to my afternoon nap.

I recently stumbled on an article that explored the relationship between relaxation and productivity. It seems now, I don’t have to apologize for my mid-day snooze. Studies show that frequent breaks {such as 30-90 minute naps} are the most effective way to renew energy, boost productivity, and improve overall health. In other words, “The best way to get more done is to spend more time doing less”. Author, Tony Schwartz calls it “practicing renewal” which sounds so much more sophisticated than “napping” don’t you think? So if you can’t reach me between the hours of 2pm and 3pm, chances are that I am “practicing renewal”.

How do you beat the afternoon slump?

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3 Comments

  1. Jade said,

    April 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    SIESTA- The Europeans do it best, and it is something I have grown to treasure. Not just do the put their bodies to rest, but the world seems to stop turning in our little pueblo. Stores close, post office and even some schools close their doors for a time of “practicing renewal” from 2 to around 4 or 5. Although it is something very hard to get used to, from an American view point, I have grown to LOVE IT!

  2. April 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I used to do that and really enjoy it. Now I do very occasionally, and still enjoy it when I do.
    Since I’ve learned more and more about health, and put it into practice, I find I don’t need the naps very often. My energy level has really gone up.
    However, I don’t work constantly. It’s important to have breaks 🙂


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