As I said in my previous blog post, it is difficult for us to allow ourselves time for self-care. We do the basics – shower, hair cut, clothing, food – but it takes a conscious decision to set aside time to look after ourselves, especially in the midst of a divorce, and more so when we have lived with domestic abuse; self-care was not encouraged. It is so important to give ourselves this self-care, because without it we will struggle to take care of our obligations; our jobs, our families, our friendships. This next suggestion for self-care will be easy to relate to:
Take Time for a Nap
Self-care is about learning to love yourself again, and consciously deciding to take a nap every day is one of the simplest ways to do this. Take a look at this graphic.
One of the main problems I have with napping is sometimes being left feeling groggy for the rest of the day. I had no idea drinking a cup of coffee before napping could be a solution to this – despite normally avoiding caffeine, it’s certainly something I’ll try. It’s also helpful to know the optimum length of a nap to avoid that grogginess.
It’s important to rest your body by lying down; sitting and napping can leave your body achy. I prefer to nap on top of my bed with a blanket, but napping on the sofa with a cozy blanket is just as beneficial. Temperature and light are also important, so pulling the blinds and covering yourself for warmth – use an eye mask if it helps.
When the alarm goes, give yourself time to waken properly; don’t rush into doing the ironing or preparing dinner. Take time for a warm drink, and become aware of the changes in your body and mind. You will be able to tackle the rest of the day with renewed energy.
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Sending out peace to you.