Coping Skills: #82. Catch a Nap

My cat Princess sleeping

Even animals need rest.

With only a few hours of sleep last night, I awoke drained and unready for the day of my sister’s graduation. Thankfully, the long road trip there and back provided a great time for me to take some short naps. Although I rarely can fall asleep during the day, these periods of relaxation were actually very helpful and rejuvenating.

Taking a nap is common in certain cultures. Many people used to go home from work and rest. We even encourage children to take a break during a busy day of playing. However, there is often a stigma attached to napping now. You are considered lazy, childish, elderly, unambitious, etc. Only those who really deserve naps should take them, and being in a position where you need that rest is something to be ashamed of and try to escape.

Yet, taking a nap is a great coping skill. It gives you energy for the rest of the day, a break from stress, and time to be away from the constant stimulation of life. As much as I feel embarassed about naps, I wish that I took them more often. They might seem like a waste of time but are very helpful.

When is the last time you napped? Why did you do so? If you struggle with tiredness in the middle of the day and/or letting yourself rest, taking a nap might be a good skill to practice. It is simple as long as you have a place to go. Grab a blanket, pillow, and anything else you might need (music, eye mask, earplugs, etc). Then simply give yourself even 15 minutes to relax. No cellphones, no other people, no computers, no moving. Just relax.

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2 thoughts on “Coping Skills: #82. Catch a Nap

  1. dilip says:

    Enjoyed reading your thoughts on having a nap in the day. And I agree with you that even half hour nap after your lunch can pep you up. Most executives in high pressure jobs do it and as you said – with no cell phones 🙂

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