Adulting can be hard, and I do believe that our lifestyle is completely unnatural and contradictory to living in a state of wellness. I do believe that’s why we discovered psychedelic drugs, have legalized cannabis and have access to an encyclopedic variety of alcoholic beverages. A Nobel prize worthy thought? Not likely, but true nonetheless.
“Sweetheart, why don’t you just curl up and go take a nap?”
Isn’t that what we all wish someone would say once in a while? I fantasize about being tucked in nicely with a cozy blankie and then waking up to a freshly steeped cup of tea. Maybe a light back scratch for good measure.
I mean, wouldn’t it be nice if you went to work and your boss said, ” You know, you work hard here, looks like you could use a nice rest. Go take a break in that quiet room there, and I’ll wake you up when it’s time to clock out.”
Or perhaps it’s a coach you might like to take some pity on you during your in-season practice. “Hey ____________ (insert last name here), go get yourself one of those blankets I brought in and show me how hard you can nap.”
But no one does that do they?
Nope. Not unless you’re fortunate enough to go back home to your mom or grandmother and be spoiled for a day or two. Most of us of a certain age no longer have that luxury. We are the moms and grandmas.
Note to self: buy more wine.
My advice to you is to tuck yourself in; take a nap, take a day off, re-jig your life so that you have regular and consistent opportunities to escape and focus on yourself for an hour or two. Whether it’s seeking comfort in a spiritual community, practicing yoga, going to the gym, or escaping to a coffee shop to read the newspaper on Saturday morning. Choose your nap-from-the-grind style and commit to it.
You are your own boss, coach and primo nurturer – act like it.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The golden rule applies to yourself as well…do unto yourself as you wish others would do unto you. Now go rest!