Today is National Napping Day!

According to Nationaldaycalendar.com today is the perfect day to take a nap – after daylight saving time starts and we lose an hour of sleep over the weekend. 

I actually embrace the idea of taking a quick nap if at all possible. Of course there are at least a million studies that show the benefits of getting adequate sleep and naps have to count in that. 

And from what the National Sleep Foundation has to say, all you need is just 20 minutes.

What am I bringing this up on Small House Great Love? Because it is just one of the many benefits of having a smaller home that you may find some time on your hands. Why not use some of that extra time to care for yourself? We are all about lightening the load of our home and schedules so that we have time to do the things that matter most. Self-care is one of those things that matters most.

I don’t think it’s possible to spend too much time on caring for and loving on ourselves. (Okay, maybe it is, but most of us could use a little more self love.) 

I was in a class recently where we discussed what self-care can look like. We all have our own ideas of what that actually looks like (I love long, warm baths, snuggling on the couch with a magazine, hikes in the woods, and hot chocolate made with coconut milk), but the principle behind what we do is the same. 

My big takeaway from the presenter was this: Self-care is gently parenting yourself.

Don’t you just love that? Sometimes as a gentle parent, we may encourage a vegetable, brushing teeth, or making the effort to say hello to a new neighbor. There are lots of dreamy ways to get in on self care. But sometimes self-care might be, “You need a nap”.

Napping is one of my favorite ways to breathe new life into a day. I don’t take a nap every day, but if I get the opportunity to chill for a bit in the afternoon, that chill time often finds me snuggling on the couch, which just might lead to dozing off for a few minutes. My family thinks I just fall asleep, but lots of times I plan that little nap.

Apparently, if you are not a napper, but just take a breather for 20  minutes, it can have the same benefits. Who knew?

So, happy National Napping Day! I hope you recover quickly from the time change, with a boost from a little rest today.

What are some of your favorite ways to use a little extra time?


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