Today I am joining my friend Rebecca for Thankful Thursday, 09.2019 and my friend Penny for Thinking Out Loud Thursday and linking up with Sylvia for her Gathering of Friends. Combining the 2 themes into one post about naps. Yup, you read that right. Thankful for and thinking out loud about naps.
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Thinking Out Loud About Naps
Over the past month or so, I have been going to the physical therapist for a pain in my right leg that is probably related to or caused by sciatica. But I haven’t been given a definitive diagnosis. That’s how I am being treated, though. The hour-long sessions consist of treatment with a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device (similar, similar) that stimulates the muscles in my hip and lower back. Followed by an ultrasound wand massage across my back and hip, and concluding with about 20 minutes of stretches. First mentioned this earlier on my Wellness Wednesday post, here.
I am happy to report therapy has worked and my leg is better. Still have 6 more sessions over the next 3 weeks so hoping to be ‘good as new’ by mid-October. But relief from my leg pain is not the only thing my physical therapy has given me. In addition, I have been reminded of the therapeutic benefit of naps.
I can hardly wait for the physical therapy tech to get the TENS unit plugged in, to tuck pillows all around me, elevate my lower legs on a stool at a 90* angle, turn off the lights and shut the door!!
The first few minutes, I usually say/think a little prayer of gratitude for the therapy, the therapists, the insurance, the healing, and the naps. And then I drift off…not completely to sleep but into a dreamy, totally relaxed state. When the technician returns, I always groan in wordless complaint and she gives me 5 more minutes.
This little refuge have been such a blessing in the middle of my day. And apparently there is scientific data that indicates that naps really are beneficial to us. This article explains the benefits of napping and this one offers directions for enjoying the perfect nap. Tips for the perfect nap outside of a physical therapist’s office, that is.
Napping on the Next Level
After about 3 PT sessions where I was practically begging to be forgotten indefinitely in the little exam room, it occurred to me that I have a bed, pillows and a little stool for my legs at home. Heck, I have even given PC a TENS unit. I could replicate these delicious almost-naps in the comfort of mi casa. So that is what I have begun to do.
Coincidentally (not), my Bible study yesterday talked about keeping the Sabbath in order to find joy in God. Apparently the word “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew verb shabbat, meaning “to rest from labor”; the day of rest. Readers were referred to Isaiah 58:13-14.
Isaiah 58:13-14 Common English Bible (CEB)
13 If you stop trampling the Sabbath,
stop doing whatever you want on my holy day,
and consider the Sabbath a delight,
sacred to the Lord, honored,
and honor it instead of doing things your way,
seeking what you want and doing business as usual,
14 then you will take delight in the Lord.
I will let you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will sustain you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob.
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.
So, I have decided to try something new, a kind of mini-Sabbath or shabbat, Monday-Friday. Whenever possible, I am going to take 30 minutes to recharge with prayer, and a cat nap. Will use this time to pause in my day to take stock of all I have to be thankful for and then give myself a little down time to refocus and re-energize. Might even light a candle, turn my sound machine onto the ocean or rain setting, and spritz my pillows (all of them) with linen spray, sandalwood and patchouli or Mandarin orange? Oh, and put my legs up on a stool, of course, too.
This month, as in all months, I have so much to be thankful for. Here’s just a small sampling.
- message at church
- Paul repaired Lauren’s sprinkler system for $6 when the yard guy was going to charge $300
- no cavities
- my dad’s influence in my life even 7 years after his death
- normal ultrasound of our baby girl Camila
- the patriots who responded on 9.11
- my brother’s sense of patriotism
- Lauren’s hug
- Paul AKA Prince Charming, PC
- Mustafa’s amazing 95 on his MRI certification test
- reading and laughing with Brennyn and Cady via Skype
- my mom sounds good
- Stephanie (20 year old cancer survivor and lung transplant recipient) is no longer in pain
- sleeping late
- accomplishing much around the house with PC
Do you nap? Is there something you do in your daily routine to recharge, refocus? My mom was always a napper. In fact, she was telling me today that she started when my baby sister was born. In order to have a little time to herself, she would put Valerie in her crib and then lie down with me for a few minutes til I fell asleep. Then, mom would jump up and ‘tear the bone out’ trying to get things done while we slept.
What blessings are you most grateful for this month?
PC is at baseball practice. I am going to paint some rocks or work on my mosaic!!
Hugs and kisses,