One year, my family went on vacation to Mexico to visit family and hang out. We were out shopping after lunch one day and I noticed something weird – almost all of the shops were closed.
Confused, I asked my dad about it. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “It’s siesta time. Around here, they take time in the afternoons to rest.”
It was a foreign concept to me at the time. Now?
I think it’s time to get back to my roots by practicing the ancient art of the siesta.
As I’m sure you’ve guessed, taking care of four young kids can be exhausting. Add to that cleaning, learning and a business, and there are times I find myself in a half-asleep stupor by noon.
You know, eyelids drooping, chin slack and a one-word response to any question. I do that look really well.
Naturally, I look for any opportunity to
take a nap be more intentional about how I spend my time, so I’ve been thinking about implementing a siesta time lately.
It’s great for a number of reasons.
Taking breaks throughout the day is one of the best ways to re-energize yourself. I’ve tried time and again to push past the feeling that I should rest, only to be met with an “I just can’t do anymore” wall in the middle of the day.
Resting periodically prevents that. It also keeps you from getting grouchy. Not that I ever get grouchy…
It’s hard to be productive when you hit a wall. But when you alternate between activity and rest, it’s easy to get a lot done. For instance, I try to think of it like this: “If I’m super focused for an hour, then I can curl up with a cup of tea for 15 minutes without feeling guilty.”
We tend to get so busy with everyday things. Teaching kids. Cleaning house. Cooking. Creating. Catching up on Facebook. How often are we encouraged to just be?
Not often enough, I think.
That’s where the siesta comes in. My goal is to use it as a time to rest, pray and be grateful. And drink tea. And possibly read.
I dare not sleep because my kids don’t nap and I don’t know how to take a power nap (my husband is the pro in that area).
But officially implementing the siesta makes it … official. It’s important, necessary, something that I’ll actually figure out the logistics to (will the kids siesta, too?).
Sometimes you just need a big reminder to take care of yourself.