Yesterday, I took time for myself. . I was unusually exhausted all day at the office. Even more so arriving home to the daily chaos. . My course deadline is looming, there's laundry piled up in different baskets, bills that need to be organized and paid, kids that need gentle reminders every few seconds to stop arguing 🙄 And no energy to tackle any of it. . (Let me tell you though, eating four slices of pizza and almost an entire Lindt chocolate bar DOES NOT HELP! 🍕🍫) . After my husband finally came home, and the kids got shuffled to bed, I decided to take it easy and not expect myself to jump into workout mode like I do every other night. Or expect myself to hit the books (like I *should* be doing every night). . Instead, I made a point to recharge my batteries. I had a shower, then relaxed in bed with my book and my classical playlist. . . Things usually work again after unplugging them for a few moments. 👉 Including you 👈 . ❤ Take time for you ❤ . . . . #timetoslowdown #clockedout #recharge #momlife #relax #timeformyself
What this post fails to mention, is that from the time I came home to the Daily Chaos to the time my husband “finally came home” (he’s usually home way before me, just that particular day he happened to be later – so throwing the “finally” in there is still legit) I was happily horizontal on the couch. I probably even napped for a few minutes here and there, in between chocolate binges and yelling at kids.
Truth is, as busy as I truly am, I’m also a serial nap artist. I need my sleep. But hey, pass that off as the oft-advised “take time for yourself” and I’m good… right?!
“Taking naps sounds so childish. I prefer to call them horizontal life pauses.” – A Fellow Nap Lover
I’ve finally learned to shed the guilt I’ve always associated with Horizontal Life Pauses, or any other restful activity that I choose to partake in. Sure, it’s true that the laundry is still piled in those baskets and I only just paid those bills today (one a day late, oops). And my university studies, well, that’s just a lifelong entry on my to-do list anyways.
Did you know that Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George W. Bush all valued afternoon naps¹?
And if these fine folk allowed themselves naps all while leading the free world or creating world-changing inventions, then surely I can too?
We all lead busy lives. And I’d like to follow when life philosopher Winnie the Pooh says: “Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two…”
– Horizontal Life Pauses