Practicing Renewal

Practicing Renewal

Apr 09

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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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