A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Did you hear fireworks until after midnight last night?  We did!  So, you must forgive me because I’m writing in a fog and sleep-deprived state of mind – lol.

Speaking of sleep…  ah – yes – let’s speak of sleep!!!

I have some ideas about getting your zzz’s…  these tips came in handy for me and I hope they help you too!  🙂

  • Every day around 3pm when you begin to doze off at work, you obviously cannot take a nap (but dream of it – yes, you do) – eat an orange!  The citrus scent will perk you up, and the orange contains energy boosting “good” carbohydrates.
  • Whether you work or are retired, there are nights when your mind just won’t shut down!  It’s a frustrating feeling.  You walk around the house saying, “It’s time to sleep.  What is the matter with you?”  I’ve learned that I need to begin winding down about a half hour before I plan to go to bed.  Especially as I get older, I have to back up my words with actions in order to get my body to respond in a positive way.
  • These days I carve out time for an afternoon nap.  Yes, just like Kindergarten, I curl up on my little woven rug and say good-bye to the world for about an hour or so.  We make time for the things that matter most.  In my book – that is definitely replenishing sleep.
  • Is it rude for me to sleep on a trip while my husband is driving?  It doesn’t seem to bother him, so I don’t worry about it.  If I steal some rest during a trip that’s okay with me.
  • Instead of reaching for a nighttime sleep aid (which may be habit-forming), try eating a handful of nuts before you begin your routine and go to bed.  By the time you hit the sheets, you will probably be ready to sleep.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for our bodies.  That’s when we replenish and revive.  Here’s to a good night’s sleep (and maybe even a nap tomorrow).  🙂

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NAPPING DAY

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Do NOT try to get between me and the Sandman…  don’t even try it.

Today do you feel a little jet lag?  We set our clocks ahead one hour, we lost an hour of sleep.  We showed up at church in desperate need of a nap, eagerly awaiting that Sunday afternoon nap.  Did you get one?  I know, me neither.

3-9 YOU KNOW YOU NEED A NAP

But guess what today is?  It’s NAPPING DAY!  Of course my priorities are perfect because I took my nap first and wrote about it later – LOL!  I have my hour back – yay!  We really need to get plenty of rest, and naturally that starts with getting to bed at a good hour and sleeping for around 8 hours.

There are 3 types of naps.

Planned napping (also called preparatory napping) involves taking a nap before you actually get sleepy. You may use this technique when you know that you will be up later than your normal bed time or as a mechanism to ward off getting tired earlier.

Emergency napping occurs when you are suddenly very tired and cannot continue with the activity you were originally engaged in. This type of nap can be used to combat drowsy driving or fatigue while using heavy and dangerous machinery.

Habitual napping is practiced when a person takes a nap at the same time each day. Young children may fall asleep at about the same time each afternoon or an adult might take a short nap after lunch each day.

 No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.  – Carrie Snow

Daylight Savings time is wonderful – and I wish we didn’t have to “fall back” later on.  But I don’t make the rules.  The older I get, the more I need consistency in everything, including my sleep patterns.  Sleep is probably the most healthy thing we do.

  • Naps improve your mood and performance
  • Naps reduce the risk of death from heart-related problems.
  • Naps as long as two hours a day by the people of Spain

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO GO TO SLEEP

The hour I lose from daylight savings time will now be multiplied by six as I try to change the time on the clock in my car.  – @ROBDELANEY on Twitter

I don’t like being a crabby old lady and I sure don’t want to die because of lack of sleep.  I decided to play it safe today and sleep for a while.  I don’t take two-hour naps, but I did sleep for about an hour.  Now that I’m retired, I nap habitually.  I sleep for about 20-30 minutes every afternoon.  It makes me much MUCH easier to live with!  Wink!  😉

 

NO HOUSEWORK DAY

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You have my permission to take the day off from housework! It is NO HOUSEWORK DAY, a great day to get outside and enjoy yourself. Ride your bike, wash your car, take a leisurely walk or take your dog to the park. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you take a deep cleansing breath and make a mental note – “I’m relaxing today!”

Some people say we make our own happiness – and I have mixed feelings on the subject. I believe God directs my path, but yes, I have a free will and can choose the activities I take part in. To that extent, I most certainly can decide whether I will take a break from work or not.

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. – Erma Bombeck

I’ve said time and again, I choose happiness! It is a decision I made a long time ago. Observing these wacky holidays and writing about them every day is part of my choice to be happy. See, I think it’s difficult to find a good reason to get out of bed in the morning sometimes. As strange as it sounds, these wacky holidays give me something to look forward to every day!

Check out this cute poem written by Lucinda Berry Hill:
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Some of the wacky days are really off the wall – but I think they are fun and I have enjoyed celebrating them – and celebrating life! Too many people fail to celebrate little things – and we all know that it’s the little things that make life worth living.

A towel-folding tutorial for men everywhere.  LOL!!!

Today I’m just going to read a book or watch a DVD or – hey, work on my blog! But I will under no circumstances do anything that resembles housework. This chick’s had it – at least for today.  Wink!  😉