Napping.  It’s for lazy, undisciplined people who waste time, right?  NO!!  Science is proving napping is one of the best things we can do for our mind and our body!

I recently had a great discussion with a group of young professionals – I call them “The Green Street Group.”  Most of them had taken a nap the day we spoke.  I was so proud!  These young people realize the value of napping, and proper napping, at that. 

Proper napping is rejuvenating, healing and energy-promoting! Like rebooting a computer, napping allows us to reset our mind, which is often all that’s needed when we are working on a problem, looking for a solution, or just exhausted. 

The key word above is “proper” napping, and my Green Street Group agreed!  Napping isn’t sleeping for an hour or two.  Napping is finding a quiet, comfortable place, and sleeping (or resting if you can’t fall asleep), for a maximum of 30 minutes.  Any longer than this is not a nap, it’s sleeping, and that’s for nighttime. Sleeping too long in the day will interrupt your replenishing night sleep.

I like to nap on a part of my couch that gets the afternoon sun.  I set my alarm for 30 minutes, put soft, soothing music on, and boom! I’m out.  The alarm forces me to wake up.  I might linger for a few more minutes, but then I am up and moving and feeling as if I can tackle just about anything!

As our work day continues to change, consider adding a break into each day and taking a nap.  Whether you are working at home or in an office, you could find it difficult to find a quiet place to rest.  If you are at home, can you encourage everyone to take a stress break?  If you are still in an office, find an office not being used, or even head out to your car to rest! 

You’ll find napping is a great tool to use to make sure you are focused, energized, and a little less stressed, too!

To Your Vitality!

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