With kids home for the summer and the house feeling wonderfully noisy and chaotic, I was just thinking back on the days when the kids were little and even more noisy and the house was even more chaotic.
There were days when I was so exhausted, my eyes wouldn’t focus properly. Yet even on the rare occasion when the kids were napping at the same time (miracle!!), I wouldn’t dare lie down.
Not because I had too much to do – I always had too much to do. Instead, I was afraid someone might discover me napping!
How dare I? I used to think.
So I’d force myself to “suck it up” and keep slogging through my to-do list, all the while becoming more exhausted, resentful and angry.
Boy have I come along way!
Today, when I’m running on fumes and not showing up as my best self, I ask – How dare I not?
Best of all, I don’t care what anyone else thinks!
And I certainly don’t need permission from anyone. And neither do you!
I simply pull out my Magical Living Daily Planner (hint, hint) and right under the Soul column, I write in big and bold letters – NAP.
And later in the day, when I’m feeling like a little rest is in order, I take a nap. Happily. And so should you!
Nap, or do whatever feeds your soul and allows you to show up in the fullness of you.
Go ahead, give yourself permission! Maybe take it a step further and write yourself a permission slip – giving yourself permission to take care of You!