Life can get hectic, absurd, and sometimes just downright crazy. If you are saying to yourself in your head, “Stop this train- I want to get off!,” chances are that you’re probably in need of some rest and good ‘ol self care. Of all the tools I offer my clients, I can think of no more simple nor effective technique to briefly slow the world around you down and finding some sanity and peace than by shutting off the phone, computer, door, and the lights, curling up on the sofa or bed and having a nap. There’s a reason toddlers take naps everyday! Those of you who have had children understand what I’m talking about- just try to maintain your sanity when your toddler has missed their daily nap-ain’t going to happen!
Like toddlers, we adults also have our physical and emotional limits or ‘breaking points’, and since many of us don’t sleep enough during the night, we can become mighty cranky, overwhelmed, and overly emotional during the day as we try to get the job of living done. And just like toddlers, we can sometimes get to a place of ‘emotional meltdown’- I’m sure you’ve all been there at some point in your busy lives. You’re going along your day, working away trying to fit everything you need to do in, and you get that one extra annoyance that just sends you over the edge (like a child bugging you, your boss being upset with you, etc.) and you proverbially “lose it” and start sobbing at your desk or in front of the sink, or scream at the top of your lungs to whomever happens to be there, or you just fall into a heap on the floor and vow that you’re too tired to get up.
I know that I have had many of those moments. The one that stands out most in my memory happened about three years ago when my hubby and I got our two cats who were just kittens at the time. We had to travel a long distance to get the breed we wanted, and the kitties meowed the whole way back- unsettling to say the least. Then when we finally got them home, they were totally freaked out the first night and kept us up all night meowing on the stairs.
Needless to say, we didn’t get much sleep. I don’t know about you, but when I’m sleep-deprived I turn a little coo-coo. I went out in the morning to my exercise class and when I got home, I fell into a heap at my hubby’s feet and wailed, “I can’t do this! I thought I could, but I can’t! They’re driving me nuts! We have to take them back to the breeder. We made a mistake.”
My hubby, who is extremely calm and rational and who had many years of experience seeing me have similar meltdowns just smiled gently at me and said, “How about we wait 24 hours to make that kind of decision and you go have a nap and we see how we’re feeling later?”
And guess what? All it took to regain my equilibrium again was a good two-hour nap! Once I woke up and felt refreshed and revitalized, I looked at my darling kitties and fell in love with them. We never did take them back- three years later, I cannot imagine my life without these adorable, cuddly companions by my side.
I’m guessing this ‘napping cure’ has also worked for you in the past and will work equally well during the frantic holiday season. If you start to feel overwhelmed, stressed, or overly emotional this month, do everyone a favour (especially you!) and have a wee lie-down in the middle of the day to recharge, regroup, and refresh. Happy napping!