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Yoga Girl Daily - November 22nd 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Self-Love, Feel-Good Friday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

For our self-care practice this week, we are going to take a nap. You may not think so, especially if you are constantly doing, doing, doing, but taking a nap is 100% a self-care practice!

Resting is crucial when it comes to our wellbeing. Any imbalances we feel often arise from not giving ourselves enough space to slow down.

In fact, resting is your birth right.

You don’t have to accomplish anything to be deserving of rest. So today, carve out some space to close your eyes and relax. Even if it is just 30 minutes on your couch!


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Friday, everyone! It's Feel-Good Friday today, which means it's time for a little bit of a self-care practice. I love to spend more time on Fridays focusing on self-care. I think Fridays are a really good day to make sure we incorporate something big in terms of self-care and hopefully setting the tone for us to continue doing that throughout the weekend. Many of us, we live really busy lives throughout the work week and we have to kind of maximize that time and space that we have in the weekend to make ourselves feel really good. Today our self-care practice is something that I continue to struggle with, but when I give myself the time to do it, it changes my entire day and today our self-care practice is… we're going to take a nap. We are going to take a nap!

[01:00] Oh my God, we're going to nap. Napping is 100% a self-care practice and for kind of the Type A personality that go, go, go get things done kind of person like I am, that might not feel like a self-care practice. I used to think that napping was a total waste of time. I used to think that napping was something that was just for a specific type of person. I used to feel whenever I was tired at some point in the day and I would kind of lie down to take a nap, I would immediately feel guilty. I would feel lazy. I would get really in my head about it and then you know, I wouldn't be able to nap. I would just stand up and kind of get about my day, move about my day instead. And here's the thing, resting is your birthright. You don't have to do anything to deserve to rest.

[01:50] You don't have to work really hard and then you deserve to take a break and rest. You don't have to have that high intensity job or high energy day to deserve to take a nap. Resting is your birthright. Really, it's the most important thing when it comes to our wellbeing. So much of the dis-ease and imbalance that we experience in life comes from not having given ourselves and our bodies enough time and space to slow down and rest. And napping, if we can incorporate it as a self-care practice, and I honestly, my aim is to be able to take a nap every single day and I have that kind of high wired, overwhelming, intense brain that it takes me some time to wind down enough to be able to nap. So I actually have to be really conscious about it and decide and kind of figure out some space and time in my day and then let the rest of the world know, i.e usually my husband is taking care of the baby or anything else that Hey, I'm going to take a nap now and I'm going to need 30 minutes totally undisturbed.

[02:53] So if you need to ask someone for help so that you can have that space and time to take a nap today, do it! Man, do it. Figure out someone to look after your kids. Turn off your phone, you know, put your to-do list aside from for now and find that comfortable, calm place. Perhaps you know it's somewhere in your house. Maybe if you have the luxury, you cannot put your office, I don't know how that works for you, but take a moment in your day today and carve out time to actually take a really good nap. Maybe you're the kind of person who naps all the time and you're just like, dude, I nap every day. That's just a regular part of life. Right. Then, go you! How about you find that friend that you know that never naps and give her a little nudge.

[03:39] See if you can help kind of guide her toward that beautiful blissed out space of napping. I really think that people who are able to take naps frequently, who kind of go in that flow and are able to just turn off, switch off and rest. I would love it if we could spread and share some of that abundance with other people. Maybe give that friend some tips. We're a little nudge to slow down because trust me, there's a lot of people that need it. If you haven't napped ever, or if you feel like, Hey, I am not one of those people who can take a nap, carve out the space and do it anyway or try to do it anyway, which might just mean that you're lying on your couch for 30 minutes staring in the ceiling. If that's what you do today, that's okay too.

[04:23] Yeah, because that's 30 minutes that you're not working. It's 30 minutes that you're not stressing. It's 30 minutes that you're not busy, right? Lying there in your bed or on the couch, taking deep breaths, focusing on the inhale, the exhale. Letting your body soften and relax. Perhaps the end goal doesn't even have to be to fall asleep. Don't have it be one of those things where you put yourself in a loop or where the idea of napping suddenly stresses you out, but just rest. Now you don't even have to call it a nap. Call it a rest, and if you fall asleep, great. If you don't, that's great too. So however you do it today, give yourself that time to slow down, to rest, to take a nap, and if you can, try to incorporate some of that time every single day this weekend, and maybe even into the rest of next week as well. I'm going to try to nap right now. I'll let you know how it goes. Thank you so much for practicing this very important part of self-care with me today. Yoga Girl Daily will be back on Monday.

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