If you are anything like me, you must feel so guilty for taking some time-out, whether you feel like you deserve it or not. In most cases undeserved, because it’s not like you’ve conquered the world yet, but there are days your body just says we can’t do this now — not even today. It’s just not there and it wants you to take a break then get back to it. What do you do?
Then you read these magazines that feature billionaires and highly success people and there’s the question on how they spend their 24 hours. Then you ask yourself the same question and you wonder whether your 24 hours reads differently? You still have so many things pending on your to-do list, a lot of things that you have been procrastinating that you will do, but your body has just given in. And when you know it, you know it. When you have reached your threshold for the day or the week and your body is screaming at you. It does it in various ways, but the most obvious one for me is lethargy. Where I feel draggy and edgy; I do the same thing over and over, like I can read the same sentence over and over trying to make sense of it; or worse yet, I feel like my eyelids are so heavy, considering I blink 1000 blinks per second (you should watch me blink) and many other signs.
Do you listen to your body when it tells you to take some time-out? I know we are in that space where everyone preaches that you should push yourself, but I think there’s a limit to pushing yourself. When your body says this is it, in as much as you want to have control over it, allow it. Allow it to just breathe and let the air run through the different organs so that you can feel pumped enough to handle the next assignment, the next challenge, heck it could even be the next big thing. When you feel like taking that nap, go for it. Allow yourself to do it and not don’t let your mind guilt you into thinking that you could be better off doing something else or that it is unconstructive. As long as you don’t overdo it to a point where you now end up being lazy, instead of it playing a part in bringing you back to shape.
When I’m in a nasty mood or I’m going through something tougher than I think I can handle at that moment, a little sleep goes a long way in enabling me to recalibrate. It helps that sometimes a dream or two can take me away from the reality of things and calm me down. Sometimes I even wake up with solutions, because I tend to mull things over right before I sleep or before I wake up. And how I know that something is taking a toll on me and I am unable to deal with it, is when I lack sleep over it.
So, don’t wait to sleep when you’re dead. Sleep when you’re alive so that you can enjoy the beauty that sleep is. Keep your mind, body and soul always fresh and alive!
There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.
Edward Lucas – The Economist Editor
Someone had to say it. If they hadn’t, I would have.