Finding yourself extra busy now that you're working from home? Don't you wish you could just find some time to take a break? There is a way you can find balance and combat burnout!
I confess... my schedule is a mess. It is filled with coloured boxes representing the classes I wish to attend, people I need to speak to, and sessions I have to facilitate. In the blank spaces between coloured boxes, I am churning out content, such as this blogpost. I am willing to bet that many of you are more busy than I am.
If you're not engaged in work conference calls, there is a flurry of online offerings with various cost options available for your picking. Experts have coined the phrase "Zoom fatigue" to describe the burnout you're feeling after a day of smiling at your screen.
We are going through a lot of dissonance now. With our "normal" way of life disrupted, social contact minimised and adaptation to new work arrangements, that is a lot of change you have to cope with in a short span of time. That's overwhelming!
Right now, can I invite you to take a pause and cast your gaze to something other than a digital screen? Go make some tea, gaze out the window, or spare us 20 minutes to plug in to our Rest from Home series, take a power nap.
Why a 20 minute restorative posture?
According to SleepFoundation.org, "A short nap is usually recommended (20-30 minutes) for short-term alertness. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep." 20 minutes is the minimum required amount of time for the body to ease into deep relaxation. When you choose to reset using restorative yoga, you're relaxing in a state of deep relaxation but you're not sleeping. This reduces the possibility of sleep inertia and lethargy after you wake up.
To nap or not to nap depends on your own sleep patterns and needs. Take one if you're feeling extremely tired or sluggish. Remember that your naps are not a replacement for a full night's sleep. Just like how we should not skip proper meals for snacks, don't skip bedtime for naps!
If 20 minutes is not a luxury you can afford, I'll be offering tips for shorter power breaks you can take for a quick recharge.
Join me in my first webinar on 30 May 2020, 7:30-9:00pm (Singapore Standard Time). I will summarise and share my own experience from burnout, and offer some tips based on research from:
Psychology and neuroscience
Mindfulness based stress reduction
Restorative and somatic yoga theories and
Till then, stay sane. x
Psst! Can you spare 20 minutes to take the guided restorative practice below? Subscribe to our Youtube channel for more guided sessions for the moments you need a break!