Close your eyes

Close your eyes

Create a cozy nap environment without the expectation of falling asleep.

Taking that pressure off of ourselves goes a long way toward relaxation and leads to increased productivity.

Consider playing some soothing music to help drown out any distracting noises.

Allow your eyelids to gently close, and notice any thoughts that arise.

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Breathe
  • First, practice diaphragmatic breathing — drawing the air into your belly instead of your upper chest.
  • Place one hand over your heart and the other over your abdomen while inhaling.
  • When your lower hand rises during inhalation and your upper hand does not, you know you’re bringing the air fully into your diaphragm.
  • Repeat this sequence for anywhere from two to 10 minutes.

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Access intuitive solutions via the subconscious mind

Using these techniques, our brains are able to pick apart information and reassemble it, like pieces of a puzzle, in a way that our conscious mind alone cannot.

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Daydream
  • Choose a photo or work of art that feels relaxing to look at, perhaps a calm ocean scene or some flowers against a bright blue sky.
  • (Note: Blue is calming; orange stimulates creativity.) Set a timer for five minutes.
  • Sit comfortably and gaze at the picture.
  • Allow your mind to wander while keeping the focus on the feeling you get from the image, and keep a pen and notepad nearby to jot down any flashes of inspiration.

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Periods of intentional rest are now known to boost our

  • Productive energy
  • Creativity
  • Innovative thinking
  • Executive function
  • Positive mindset
  • Intuition
  • Memory

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As much as you want success the need of sleep or rest should be equal. Having to get what you wanted but with a declining health is not a good thing. Rest well my loves.

-Alliah

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Breaks keep us from getting bored

The human brain just wasn’t built for the extended focus we ask of it these days.

The fix for this unfocused condition is simple—all we need is a brief interruption (aka a break) to get back on track.

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The best time to nap

The most natural time to take a nap, based on our circadian rhythms, is in the afternoon sometime between 2 and 4pm. 

The ideal time to snooze is when a nap would contain a good balance of slow wave and REM sleep. This balance typically occurs 6 to 8 hours after waking.

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Sleep: How to nap like a pro

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