Like most moms. Circle of Moms member Vicky C. faces constant demands, endless to-do lists, and not enough hours in the day to get it all done. No wonder she says she feels constantly exhausted and "can't catch a breath.” But instead of chugging a hit of coffee in the afternoon, she slips away from her desk, heads for her car, and drives around the block from her office for a quick 20-minute nap! “I just drive around the corner and sleep in the back seat,” she says.”I found that I come back to work totally refreshed.”
Need a pick-me-up most afternoons? Feel like you’re exhausted and stressed? Can’t keep your eyes open anymore? A two-hour siesta may not fit into your busy schedule, but that doesn't mean you can't grab a 15-minute power nap like Vicky. Here, Circle of Moms members share five strategies for resting and recharging during daytime hours.
1. Nap at Work — Really
Vicky's not the only mom whose found that the only way she can find time to rest and recharge is to schedule it into her daily planner. Gina K. counts on her commuting time on the train to sneak in a few zzz’s. She sneaks away from work early to “rest a little on the train, and maybe even stop on the way home for a coffee and a quick few pages in my book.”
2. Nap After Work
Jenette T. also schedules a daily snooze into her work-life routine, but she grabs it at home. She keeps her nanny on duty and heads straight from her commute to her bedroom. “I get to work early and leave early so I can take a nap after work nearly every day. Then I can handle my evening family shift. It really helps.”
Amber B. also squeezes in a quick nap between work and family time while her husband is still on childcare duty. “If I’ve had a stressful day, I will take a long hot shower then I just go into my bedroom and close the door. I plug my headphones into my laptop and get lost in music.”
3. Call in a “Nap” Babysitter
When she is super pooped and needs to catch a quick nap, Susan T. hires a babysitter so she can squeeze in a nap. “You have to make break time for yourself,” she insists. “Don’t forget to breathe and take care of you. I remember telling my girls that I needed quiet time, and they could play quietly in their rooms. That worked fairly well. But hiring a sitter or swapping sitting time with another mom also is a good option.”
Circle of Mom member Loreen K. has worked out a plan with her husband, sending him to the park with their son for a quick nap on weekends. “In our household we equally deserve a rest,” she says. “I work all day chasing Cooper around, cleaning and cooking. But Jamie works all day and when he is home he is a very hands-on dad. He will happily cook dinner if I’m too tired (I’m pregnant as well). We also take turns in having sleep-ins, too. And if I need a nap during the day, he will take Cooper to the park or outside to play. I have it pretty good actually and I always offer the same to him when he needs a break.”
4. Nap at the Salon or Manicurist's
Quite a few Circle of Moms say they sneak a few moments of shut-eye when getting their hair or nails done, or even when lying on a tanning bed. “When I have had a stressful day, I like to go to the tanning salon,” says Nikki R. “Fifteen minutes in the bed gives me some me time to clear my head and think of nothing for those 15 minutes. Now I am ready to go back and tackle what needs to be with a clear mind.”
5. Sleep When Your Child Sleeps
For Becky H. a nap with her child is daily routine: “I usually lie down and relax, although rarely sleep, when Sasha (16 months) has her nap. But 'Sleep when the baby sleeps' is not only good advice for new moms, it's a good practice well beyond your baby's first year. As Jenn H. shares, “To this day, if my four-year-old lays down for a nap, I will make myself lay with her, even if it is only 20 minutes. I feel refreshed after and the break in an otherwise hectic day is nice.”
How do you rest and refresh during the day?
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