Our fast paced, always busy lifestyle steals little pleasures away from us ~ one of these delights is the afternoon nap. I think the value of napping has become very under-rated. We are too busy rushing around and feeling guilty if we stop, and this takes away the pleasure of an afternoon nap. I'd like to see us rekindle the art of napping and appreciating it for all it offers.
Most days when I'm looking for our cats, they are curled up somewhere in a spot of sunshine or in a nook or on a cushion - happily dozing the day away. Meanwhile I'm running around doing chores and keeping busy with a multitude of little tasks. They yawn and stretch and open an eye occasionally to check that they're not missing anything, but basically they leave me to my rat-race lifestyle and happily snooze.
Maybe it's time to take a leaf out of their cat manual and slow down and savour the napping ritual - there is nothing like taking an hour out of a Sunday afternoon to curl up on the couch with a soft blanket and a cushion or two and gently nod off for a while. You don't need to take yourself off to bed, just find a spot that makes you happy and kick off your shoes, put your feet up and dream away an hour or so.
It's good to unplug from our busy lives and allow ourselves the luxury of putting our head down for a little while. The world won't stop, nobody will care, and you'll be refreshed and relaxed. There is nothing like a little weekend shut-eye to recharge your batteries - just ask my cats!