Why is the expression "let sleeping dogs lie" so well known? Or if you don't know it, seems so relatable? That is because everyone who has ever been around dogs knows, they sleep! They run, they play, they guard and protect (at least in their own minds). They romp and bark and demand luvs when it fancies them, regardless of what you may be doing at the time. And. . . They sleep.
Even those dogs who live more of a back yard lifestyle, snuggle in their doghouses, or under their favorite tree and snore away when the mood strikes them. There is not guilt, no questioning whether or not it is ok, and certainly no forcing themselves to ignore their fatigue because they have too much too do!
Why do we not take a lesson from dog and learn to honor our own bodies in the same way? Admittedly we have a schedule, and we have obligations that most dogs do not. There are service dogs and such, that also maintain a schedule however they nap when given the chance and we do not. Other countries have siestas as part of their culture because it's healthy, and yet we keep burning the candle at both ends, thinking someday it will be better. And all too often we rest because we get sick.
Sleep is so important. It may be time to reconsider the importance of sleep in your life and the possibility of even taking a light "cat nap" during your lunch hour, to rejuvenate and restore yourself. If you are tired, you are only operating at 20% or less of your capacity and that is never optimum. Rest is warranted, and believe it or not you will get more done if you are actually rested.! Sometimes you feel like a nap and that is a good thing. Allow yourself to curl up for 15 minutes and discover what dogs already now, napping is cool!
Dina Rae and Rev Deb invite you to enjoy this curated experience. May your tails wag with satisfaction and your hearts be warmed by all that you see.