29 Nov Field Note: Siestas
When did we decide that only toddlers and old folks need to take naps?
Sara and I recently spent two weeks in Spain, where this practice is alive and well. We did a lot of walking and wandering every morning and as the day heated up, everyone slowed down. So..as the saying goes – when in “Rome”…we did what conscious travelers do…we siesta-ed!
Here’s what I learned:
- You really feel much better after a nap
- How decadent and rebellious it feels to nap during the day
- It actually didn’t interfere with our bedtime
- It can be habit forming
Think about it – we put little ones down for a few of reasons:
- They’re cranky without one (as can some adults get around the 3pm mid-day crash)
- They’re growing (aren’t we also trying to grow, albeit perhaps emotionally or spiritually instead of physically)
- We as adults might just need a breather (again…around some people at the 3pm crash)
Now, we do realize that we haven’t been able to change culture so much yet – where we can just lay down under our desks or wherever we might be working…but here’s what we might challenge you to consider:
- Just take a little break in your work day, however that works for you (a short walk, 5 minute meditation, a glass of water because we can all use more water)
- On days off, try an actual nap or conscious downtime for a few minutes (or an hour)
- Change the way you talk about or think about naps (self-care vs lazy)
- Check this out: https://www.instagram.com/thenapministry/
Just because we are in North America and don’t really value napping, doesn’t mean we can’t take a lesson from the hotter places on this beautiful planet.
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