Last weekend I traveled to New Hampshire to visit my gal pal, Jenn. It was cold and damp all weekend, perfect weather for sitting bundled up in front of the fire, which I did, along with a lot of napping. Up until a few years ago I never would have napped while on vacation. I always said, “I’ll rest when I die,” often getting by on 4-6 hours of sleep a night, or not sleeping for up to 3 days at a time. However, these days I’ve had to change the way I do things, so I can enjoy more of my life. That night at dinner my pals teased me a bit about my nap and I started to feel guilty. Then I thought, “Isn’t my vacation time, me time too? Aren’t I supposed to indulge my whims, and if napping makes me happy, even while on vacation, then why not.”
During dinner, I explained how napping made me feel:
1. More alert and able to engage mentally (sometimes fibro fog sets in and I’m suddenly dazed and confused).
2. Refreshed and able to stay up a bit later than usual (complete exhaustion sets in about 7 p.m. most nights and that doesn’t work well when I’m out with the girls); and
3. Relaxed and rejuvenated (I mean, I get to squeeze in a nap without someone needing something. For me, it’s a luxury to be enjoyed, especially while on vacation).
So the next day we indulged in a nap and we agreed that it was invigorating. So, a new gal pal getaway tradition was born, naps in the afternoon. And since we were all napping, I didn’t miss anything, yeah me!
Do you nap on vacation? Why?
As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I hope that by sharing my experiences you find strength, hope, and solutions when you make your commitment to live beyond your illness.
Gal Pal Carmen
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