I either wake up exhausted or I wake up tired. I’m not really sure what it means to wake up rested. Is there really such a thing? If so, I think a crime has been committed and sleep has been stollen from my house. Only thing is, there never seems to be any evidence left behind of who actually did it. And from what I can tell, copycat sleep stealers are popping up everywhere. Has one visited you too?
Coffee doesn’t seem to help wake me up like it used to. At one time coffee had this ability to get me so wired I’d talk without even pausing for a breath. Once, I was given a bag of chocolate covered espresso beans, and silly me started eating them like peanuts. When you combine my two loves, chocolate and coffee, that’s a dangerous mix. I ate almost the entire bag of those things. Needless to say the rest of my day was like a scene from the movie “Over The Hedge” and I was playing Hemi, the super hyper, never stopping, over-active squirrel.
Sure, I enjoy my morning cup of coffee—or should I say cups of coffee—but now days I find myself napping after just about everything I do, even when I’m full of caffein. I’m not really sure how many naps I actually take in a day. It used to be that naps were my enemy. Now it seems they have become my best friend.
When I was still working, I would close my office door (sometimes even locking it so no one would barge in) and lay my head down on my desk for an afternoon nap. I even kept a small pillow in my desk drawer just for that purpose. My car was another place I would escape to for a few minutes of rest.
Our days are filled with all kinds of things that need to get done from meetings, to errands, to appointments. Don’t push yourself so hard that you neglect resting when you body is screaming at you to stop. It’s okay to pause in your day and take a moment for yourself. Resting, sleeping, napping, or whatever you want to call it, is not a terrible thing.
When I was younger I used to think I had to do everything. I was the one people would come to because I could multitask and motivate others in getting a job done. I guess you could say I was an overachiever. Now, I realize the importance of pauses. There is nothing in life that is so important you need to rush through your day without pausing to actually enjoy it.
Take some time and enjoy a moment of calm today, a moment of stillness, a moment of rest. The world may be buzzing by you at hundred zillion miles an hour, but I have found that all that busyness does is keep me from enjoying the things that really matter most…sitting with a friend, a much needed nap, laughter, a trip to the park, watching my favorite movie.
When the sun is setting, make sure you can look back at today with a smile because you paused long enough to actually enjoy a part of it.